How Much Water Should We Really Drink?

One thing is for sure – most of us do not drink enough water. But how much water do we really need? Water is the elixir of life. Not only does it keep us hydrated, it lubricates our joints, gives us clear skin, keeps us regular and helps us lose weight by curbing our appetite and speeding up our metabolism.

We’ve all heard ‘drink at least eight cups of water per day’, but is that really enough to keep our bodies functioning at their truyền nước tại nhà peak? Check out these tips for calculating just how much water you really should be drinking on a daily basis.

First, it doesn’t have to be just water! Clear broths, unsweetened tea or coffee, milk and juices count toward your daily liquid intake. Just be aware that fruit juices and sports drinks are not the best choice due to their high calorie count. The more you weigh, the more liquid you need to drink.

Take your weight in pounds, multiple by 2/3 or 67% and the result is the daily number of ounces of water you should aim for. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking about 100 ounces of liquid per day. That number will need to be increased if you’re working out or have a strenuous physical job. A good rule of thumb is to add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes of workout time. Sounds like a lot of liquid, doesn’t it?

How to drink 100 ounces of water per day

Drinking 12 plus cups of water in a day may seem impossible at first, but if we break it down into manageable amounts, it’s not quite so difficult. Drink two cups of water immediately on waking up, and two cups before each meal – that’s already eight! Drink one cup mid-morning, mid-afternoon and mid-evening and 1 more cup before you go to sleep. That’s 12 and you’re done for the day!

Water containers, infusers and flavors

Buy a water infuser and fill it every evening before you go to bed. We like berries, orange and lemon slices and cucumber too. Mint is very refreshing and so is lemon balm. Buy some large pretty drinking glasses (16 ounce size) and keep them handy near your infuser. The dollar store is a great place to purchase these items at very affordable prices.

You can also drink carbonated water if you choose – just be sure that it doesn’t contain sodium which defeats the whole purpose of drinking water. We’re divided over bubbles. Some of us love them and some not so much. If you like them, consider buying a home soda streamer to make your own inexpensive sparkling water.

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