Not drinking enough water can cause a lack of focus, kidney and urinary issues, and a lack of protection for the joints and bones. Most Americans are not drinking enough water during the day, leading to a wide range of negative health consequences.
Drinking enough water improves organ health, is good for the skin and helps the body regulate temperature. On top of drinking water, 20% of our daily fluid needs comes from our diet by eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
How do we know how much water to drink? Mayo clinic states that for average adult males they should drink 15.5 cups of water a day and adult women 11.5 cups of water a day but there are a lot of variables that can shift this requirement.
An easy equation to help determine how much water to drink is to multiply your body weight by 2/3 or 67% and then add 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise.
Some Tips to Help Reach Daily Water Goals:
Bring a water bottle with you everywhere
Change up the flavors, add lemon, mint, apple slices and cinnamon sticks, cucumber, etc. to make it more fun.
Drink teas or other low calorie water substitutes
Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine
Get a large reusable water bottle to help you track how much water you are actually drinking. If you are using a smaller bottle you can add rubber bands to the top of it for the goal number of refills. As you drink, move the bands down.
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