Water: How Much Should I Drink?

Have you ever gone out of town for a few days and returned home to find your houseplants a little droopy and sad? All it takes is a little water and  within minutes, they’re like brand new plants!

How do you think your body feels when you don’t give it enough water?

This will help to ensure you’re drinking the optimal level of water. For most of us, that’s about half your bodyweight in ounces every day. Most of us aren’t getting near this much.

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Why does this matter?

Our bodies are made up of about 60% water. Having our cells hydrated is critical for us to properly digest food, absorb nutrients, power your circulatory system, maintain your body temperature, and more. Staying hydrated keeps energy levels high and can help you maintain a healthy body weight.

Remember that plant I mentioned above, and how glum it looked? Having enough water in your system can also help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and keep your skin looking soft and youthful. Plus, drinking water can help rid your body of toxins by helping to keep your “plumbing” in working order.

Here’s a little-known tip: If you crave carbs or sugary foods at night, that’s probably a sign you aren’t drinking enough during the day.

Need more convincing? With as little as a 1.5% drop in hydration, you can start to experience headaches, muscle cramping, bad breath, and that’s just for starters.

So how much do you need? If you weigh 150 pounds, then you’ll aim for 75 ounces (or a little over 9 cups) of water a day. This doesn’t include the water you drink while you’re working out.

Here are some strategies for getting enough water:
● Drink water all day before you get thirsty
● Have a big glass of water first thing in the morning
● Use a fun water bottle or glass that you enjoy drinking out of so you can track your progress
● Flavor it with lemon, lime, mint, cucumber, or strawberries to switch it up! (nothing artificial!)

Staying hydrated means all parts of your body can function better.

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