Do you carry a bottle of water (hopefully reusable and BPA-free) with you everywhere you go? Do you always drink a glass of water with your meals? Maybe you have an alarm set to remind you to drink enough water on a daily basis?
If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions: Congratulations! You’re properly hydrated, almost to a fault. As human beings, over half of our body is made of water. This includes our skin, bones, nails, and even hair! It’s not an exaggeration to say that it’s the key to life.
Unfortunately, we lose water on a daily basis through urination, sweating, and through your breathing. So, it’s always a good idea to make sure that you’re properly hydrated. We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about staying hydrated.
A state of dehydration occurs when there is not enough water in the body for it to function properly. Dehydration can range from mild to severe. It should not be taken lightly and in severe cases can lead to death.
Dehydration can happen for a number of reasons including limited access to clean drinking water, not replacing the water that you lose on a daily basis, and simply not drinking enough water throughout the day. There are numerous symptoms of dehydration, they include:
- LIttle urine or dark urine.
- Dry mouth/chapped lips
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Brain fog
- Difficulty releasing tears when crying
Wondering if you’re dehydrated right now? You can check by pinching the skin on the back of your hand and holding for a few seconds. When you let go the skin should snap back into place with no hesitation. If the skin is delayed or slow when snapping back into place, you may be experiencing mild dehydration. Grab a glass of water.
Just how much water is enough? Well, that varies from person-to-person. There’s a rule that gets tossed around a lot: 8 – 8oz. cups of water daily. However, this rule won’t work for everyone.
So, hold off on chugging water throughout the day. There is no evidence that this amount of water is necessary for the body on a daily basis. Diet, lifestyle, weight, height, and climate are all factors that will influence the amount of water you’ll need on a daily basis.
To get a good idea of what is the best quantity of water for you to drink, listen to your body. Consider that a healthy individual goes to the bathroom every two to four hour and produces urine that is light yellow or colorless. Darker urine than that is a sign that you need more water. It’s a good idea to increase your daily water intake if you:
- Are an athlete or exercise regularly
- Live in a warmer climate
- Are overweight or obese
The best time of the day to have your water is early in the morning before consuming anything else. This is because drinking water on an empty stomach lets it quickly enter your system and prevents water retention.
Drinking plain water is always a great choice as it’s calorie-free and doesn’t have any added sugars. However, drinks like tea, coffee, and sports drinks are also significant sources of hydration for those who don’t want to stick to drinking just plain water.
Staying hydrated is easy when you have the right tools. Commit to getting enough water on a daily basis by getting a great water bottle. There are tons of options including some that allow you to add fruit to your water, some that stay cold for 24hrs, and even smart water bottles that connect to apps that remind you to drink. Don’t wait until you are thirsty — drink water on a regular basis to look and feel your best.