If you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. It’s telling you to drink some water because it’s essential to life. Our bodies are made of about 60% water, and they need the right amount for them to function optimally. Water makes our skin glow, flushes out waste and bacteria, transports nutrients, makes us perform better, and even reduces the risk of some cancers. A good indicator that you are drinking enough water is frequent urination, light in color.
Factors That Influence Water Needs
Many factors influence how much water we need to drink on a daily basis. Males tend to need water more than females because of size and weight. Other factors include: sweating, exercise, environmental, illness, and pregnancy. If good to supplement extra water depending on which factors affect you.
So How Much Water?
You should drink between a half ounce and an ounce for every pound you weigh everyday. If you are active, sweating a lot, in hot weather, or influenced by other factors you want to be in the higher range.
A Tip For Meeting Water Consumption Goals
My best tip is to buy a water bottle and keep it with you everywhere you go. I bought a 40 oz. vacuum insulated one that keeps the water cold for 24 hrs. Divide the carrying capacity by how many ounces of water you need per day. This will tell you how many times you will need to fill your bottle to drink. Sometimes we don’t have access to water for extended periods of time so this will hold you over until you do. Space out your drinking so you don’t get thirsty. Drink more water during hot weather or physical activity. Stay ahead so you don’t get thirsty, because if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.