Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!

Like many people, you may wonder how much water you should be drinking on a daily basis.

The calculation for the amount of water you should drink each day is based on your body weight. For every two (2) pounds you weigh, you should be drinking one (1) ounce of water per day.

For example, someone weighing 200 lbs should drink 100 oz of water each day and someone who weights 130 lbs should be drinking 65 oz of water every day.

This calculation is also a great measuring tool for kids! As a rule, you should increase the amount of water you drink if:

  • the weather is hot
  • you are exercising
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • you have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea
  • you are trying to lose weight

Six EASY tips for staying hydrated:

  1. Keep a bottle of water near you throughout the day to remind you todrink often.
  2. Drink a glass of water when you wake up, go to bed, and at each meal.
  3. Eat fruits and vegetables (which contain lots of water).
  4. Order water at restaurants instead of a soft drink.
  5. Flavor your water with a slice of lemon, lime, or even cucumber.
  6. Drink before, during, and after a workout.

Now you know how much water you should be drinking each day! Because water makes up more than half of your body weight, it is SO important to be taking in enough fluids to replace the water you lose throughout the day. Good hydration is essential to good health. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints. Without the proper amount of water, you can suffer from chronic, low-grade dehydration.

**REMEMBER** Staying well hydrated improves: ~ energy levels ~ digestion ~ regularity ~ ~ blood pressure ~ weight management ~