Nearly 60% of your body is made of water. It is vital to survival. Some humans can go for three weeks without food (Gandhi famously fasted for 21 days without food), but you’d be toast if you went for three days without water.

 

Why is water really that important?

 

According to the CDC, water helps your body regulate temperature, lubricate and cushion your joints, protect your spinal cord, and flush out waste in the body. It carries nutrients to your cells, and keeps your ears, nose and throat comfortable.

 

Staying hydrated is a great way to increase your energy, help you lose weight, get glowing skin, prevent headaches, prevent constipation and just keeps your body running the way it is meant to!

 

How much water do you actually need to drink every day?

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s no easy answer. It’s all very individual, and depends on how much you exercise, where you live (if it’s hot you’ll sweat more) and if you’re a guy or a gal. That said, The Institute of Medicine determined that men should have about 104 ounces (13 cups) of total water intake a day while women should have about 72 ounces (9 cups) of total water intake a day. This changes if you’re pregnant or nursing, training heavily, and based on your weight so chat to your doc for specific recommendations.

 

High water content fruits and veggies like watermelon and strawberries or cucumbers and zucchini also contribute to hydration - it doesn’t all have to come from the tap. You can get about 20% of your H20 needs from food. Same goes for beverages like juice, tea/coffee and milk. But water is still your best bet as it doesn’t come with the calories.

 

Think you could use a little more H20?

 

  1. Try drinking two glasses of water first thing in the morning…after eight hours of sleeping your body will need it.
  2. Set goals on how much water you want to drink by a certain time of day. If you need 100 ounces a day, make it a goal to drink 50 ounces before lunch, and then 50 ounces between lunch and dinner.
  3. Carry around a reusable water bottle and refill, refill, refill!
  4. Sit at a desk all day? Watch your clock, or set a timer, to fill up your water glass every hour on the hour. Not only will you be hydrating but you’ll stay moving as well!

 

Now, go drink up!