Many people start their day with coffee and end their day with wine. In between coffee and wine, there’s soda, juice, energy drinks, milk, and smoothies.
But they don’t drink nearly enough of the most important thing… water. The truth is, 60% of the body is made up of water. We need to drink water in order to perform at our best (and survive).
Below, we’ll answer how much water you need, why you need it, if sparkling water counts, and the best ways to drink more!
How much water do you need?
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
If you don’t, your body has a system for controlling when and how much you drink. When your total water content goes below a certain level, thirst kicks in.
It’s hard to determine how much water you consume every day because there’s water in foods – especially fruits and vegetables – and drinks like milk and juice. You actually get an average of 20 percent of your water from the foods you eat.
So how many cups of pure water should you drink a day?
Men should drink 100 ounces (12.5 cups) of water, while women should drink 73 ounces (9 cups) of water every day. Gulp!
The best indication of whether you need more water or not is the color of your urine. Aim for pale, clear urine.
Why is drinking water important?
Our bodies need water for many reasons. Here are the most important:
- It lubricates the joints, saving you from joint pain.
- It forms saliva and mucus, helping you digest food and keep your eyes, mouth, and nose moist.
- It delivers oxygen throughout the body.
- It boosts skin health and beauty.
- It makes you sweat, cooling the body down.
- The digestive system depends on it.
- It reduces the chance of a hangover!
Does sparkling water hydrate you?
Every office in America has one person with loads of La Croix, Sparkling Ice, or Bubly cans on their desk. Sparkling waters are taking over the world, although the writer of this hates the taste of them. (We know, it’s an “acquired taste”)
Fortunately, sparkling water does hydrate you just as well as still water. If the fizz helps you drink more water, go right ahead! Some sparkling waters may have more sodium than still water, which could make them less hydrating, so just pay attention to that.
The best way to drink water
Look, drinking the recommended amount of water is difficult. Who wants to think about and remember how many cups of water they’ve had today? Here’s the best way to make sure you’re getting enough water every day.
I used to just drink out of a normal cup, and I never knew how much water fit in it. Now, I have a 20-ounce water bottle and I can easily remember that I need to refill it 5 times a day. A woman would refill it 3.5 times.
Boom! Now I know how much water to drink.
And better yet, the brand I got my bottle from, Miir, donates a portion of revenue to fund clean water and healthy environment projects.
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