Our body is made up of about 60% water. We lose it through sweat, urination, and even through regular bodily functions — like breathing.
By not drinking enough water each day, dehydration becomes more of a possibility. When we get dehydrated, we can get dizzy or lightheaded, fatigued, dry mouth, dry eyes, and extreme thirst.
It’s important to stay hydrated so we can perform our best each day and keep our bodies healthy and functioning correctly.
So — how much water is enough?
Well, the baseline recommendation is eight 8-ounce glasses a day. Or half a gallon per day.
It varies from person to person, due to age, location, and other factors. Let’s take a deeper look into the factors that can help decide how much water you may need.
Where you live can be a decider in how much water you need to be drinking. For example, if you live in a hot, humid area, you’ll need to be drinking more water, because you’ll be sweating more. Make sure to figure out, depending on your location, if you should be drinking more water a day than the recommended eight glasses of 8-ounces rule.
If you’re someone who works in labor outside, this could up your need for water. This goes along with the above point. If you have a labor job outside in a hot, humid, dry area — it’s essential to drink enough water per day. Sometimes it’s hard to remember when you’re busy. Make sure to carry a large water bottle with you. Fill it up all the way at the beginning of the day and keep it close by during your work hours. Seeing the water bottle will be a reminder to continue to keep drinking all day long.
If your diet is high in caffeinated drinks, salty/sugar foods, or processed foods — it may be a good idea to start prioritizing water and drinking it more often than you do. Coffee, tea, or caffeinated drinks may cause you to urinate more often. Thus, through urination, you’re losing hydration. Drink a water bottle with one of your caffeinated beverages to combat the dehydration.
These factors can vary day to day, too. Maybe you’re spending an entire day by the pool with your friends on a hot summer day. If so, you need to make sure to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
Or, if you’re sick, hydration is essential to nursing yourself back to health.
As you can see, many factors go into how much water each person should be drinking per day. Take into consideration your circumstances and lifestyle, and make sure your body is getting enough water to function properly. Invest in a large water bottle and keep it by you at all times during the day to make hydration easy and convenient.
Taking the steps to make sure you’re getting enough water per day will only benefit your health. If you’re unsure at how much water you should be drinking each day, consult with a health expert and get professional advice.
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