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How Much Water You Should be Drinking

How much water should you drink?     

Written by: Sara Godfrey

Consuming enough water every day is very important for your overall health. In order for every cell in your body to function appropriately it requires water. When we drink water, the water is first absorbed in the intestines, and circulates throughout the body, delivering oxygen and the necessary nutrients to cells. It also improves skin complexion, promotes weight loss and boosts your overall energy and mood.

Drinking water every day is essential since 60% of the human body is made up of water. 

For women, the minimum daily intake of water is  92 ounces and for men, the minimum daily intake of water is 124 ounces. Both age and gender are two factors that help determine the necessary amount of water that a person should be drinking each day. Men usually need more water than females since they have a larger body mass. They also have a smaller amount of body fat and burn higher amounts of calories each day. Age groups that are at a higher risk of becoming dehydrated include older adults, young children, infants and people that work out and exert energy. Although anyone can become dehydrated, these groups of individuals are at a higher risk of dehydration and should increase their water intake as necessary.

   Here are some tips on how to drink more water:

Make it a part of your daily routine.

While waiting for your morning cup of coffee or tea to brew, drink a glass of water before enjoying your morning coffee or tea. Create a daily log of the times you are planning on finishing a glass of water so that you can incorporate drinking water into your daily routine.

Make it flavorful.

 Fruit is one way to naturally sweeten your water. Lemon, limes, strawberries, watermelon or cucumbers are all flavorsome options. Also, you can make detox water by adding mint, ginger, lemon and cucumbers to your water. Detox water not only tastes delicious, but it also has many health benefits and the best time to consume detox water is first thing in the morning.

Challenge a friend or family member.

Sometimes it takes a little healthy competition to meet your daily water goal. When holding each other accountable it motivates you to continue to drink water throughout the day even when you don't feel like it. 

Consume it.

There are many fruits and vegetables that contain a significant amount of high-water content. Examples of foods include melons, cucumbers, lettuce and celery. 

Track it.

 Set alarms on your phone that remind you when it is time to drink your next glass of water. Download an app on your phone like Plant Nanny, that provides encouragement and reminders throughout the day to keep drinking water. Another way to track your water intake is to make a daily log that schedules out the times when you are going to drink water.