Water intake is really important but it is tricky to know how much water you really need to take in, how do I get all that water in, and water is boring. The thought process behind proper water intake used to be to just drink eight glasses of water a day.
The new thought process is to drink 1/2 to 1 ounce of your weight in pounds, in water per day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink about 75 to 150 ounces per day, depending on your activity level.
Water intake is tricky business for so many of us. It sounds easy enough, just drink more water. There are a few problems with this. One how much water should I really drink? Also water gets boring to drink and it’s harder that it seems to drink water throughout the day.
With so many different studies out today it’s hard to know how much water we really should be taking in. The old saying was eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If you are like me this doesn’t seem right, how someone who weights 80lbs can drink the same as someone who weights 200lbs. It doesn’t add up. So I looked into this, the best and easiest way to make sure you get the right amount of water is your weight. You should in general drink a half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. For example, if you weight, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you are very active or it’s a really hot day drink a little more. Something I do to make sure I’m not dehydrated is check my urine. Sounds crazy, but if your urine is dark that’s your body telling you to drink more water.
Drinking water is great but sometimes I just want to drink something else. Try drinking carbonated water like perrier, it’s the same price but feels like your drinking soda, just without the sugar and calories. Also adding fruit to your water is a great way of feeling like you’re having a treat.
A few things to do to help to insure you’re drinking water during your day:
- Carry an insulated sports bottle with you and fill it up periodically.
- Keep a glass of water on your desk at work.
- Keep another glass next to your bed. Many of us wake up dehydrated first thing in the morning.
- Switch one glass of soda or cup of coffee for a glass of water.
Water intake is extremely important for your body, and even more so when your body is trying to heal from muscular-skeleton issues. One of the simple things that you can do is try to increase your water intake on a daily basis to keep your muscles and joints full of fluid so they heal more rapidly. The good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every single day. Some of the other things you can do is limit your caffeine. By limiting your caffeine you will not lose as much water out of your system. Every time you drink caffeine it pulls water out of your system and further dehydrates you. When you are dehydrated your muscles are weaker and tighter. Having tight and weak muscles is not good for your chiropractic care. Also limit your salty drinks such as sodas and Gatorades. These liquids will also dehydrate your body.
Here are some examples of how water can improve your daily energy levels. Our body needs oxygen to function properly. Most people do not realize that they actually need water intake to enhance their oxygen levels. The brain needs oxygen to function properly. Low levels of oxygen will decrease energy levels. Decreased energy levels will crate a fogginess feeling. A fogginess feeling can cause you to be sluggish. When water intake is decreased your muscles are effected. dehydration of the muscles cause them to be more rigid. Rigid muscles are easily to damage. The damage can be pulling o the muscles and even slight micro tears of the muscles. Proper water intake will keep the muscles looser. Loose muscles are less likely to be aggravated. Drink up for success.