When it comes to drinking water there is no hard and fast, one size fits all approach to how much water you need to drink each day to keep your body and brain hydrated and healthy. But when calculating how much water you should drink a day, keep the following in mind.
How much you sweat
The sweatier you get the more water you need to drink. For this reason, your water intake will vary from summer to winter and according to how physically active you are. You’ll need to drink more water on days you’re out training for the Bundaberg Cane2Coral than on a day spent in the office.
But a day in the office doesn’t mean your body can get the water it needs from tea and coffee alone. You’re still losing plenty of water from perspiration when you’re at your desk, but the drying effects of air conditioning can make you less aware of this loss. Dehydration in the office is actually one of the more common reasons for headaches and brain fog!
It’s also easy to lose track of water loss on a hot summer’s day at the beach. Spending time playing in the water disguises how much water is lost from the body through sweating. Remember to take plenty of pure, fresh water with you to the beach when you venture out this summer.
Your size and weight
It may seem like common sense to acknowledge that every body is different, but there are still plenty of people claiming that everyone needs a standard 8 glasses of water per day. Dr Batmanghelidj, author of “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” recommends multiplying your weight (kg) by 0.033 to calculate how many litres of pure water you should aim to drink each day. For example, if you weigh 60 kgs you need to consume 1.98 litres of water each day in order to stay sufficiently hydrated. Add one extra litre for each hour of intensive exercise.
A healthy diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables means you’ll need to drink less water than someone eating a processed diet. Fruits and vegetables are around 80-90% water. Processed foods are dehydrating due to the lack of water they contain.
Your level of health
When your body is fighting off an infection such as a cold or flu it’s a good idea to focus on drinking more pure water to avoid dehydration. If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s essential that you drink water regularly throughout the day as it’s easy to confuse thirst with hunger. As a general rule, drinking water helps flush toxins from our bodies, making it ideal if you’ve had a less-than-perfect diet for a day or two, or even a big night out.
Don’t forget the kids
Toddlers and children need plenty of water too. Offer them water frequently throughout the day from a water bottle so you can keep track of how much they’re drinking. Leave their water bottle somewhere that’s in easy reach and close to where they’re playing to remind them to stop and drink when they feel thirsty. Encouraging your kids to drink pure water through the day will set them up with a healthy habit for life.
Don’t let a dry brain ruin your day
If you’re asking the question ‘how much water should I drink a day?’, chances are you’re probably not drinking enough. Four to eight hours without water and your energy and mood will take a huge dive as your brain ‘dries up’ leaving you feeling tired and lousy. You’ll also find simple tasks leave you feeling stressed and irritable. Women seem to be more sensitive to these side effects of mild dehydration than men.
With brain power being a limited resource it’s probably a good idea to pour yourself a big glass of water right now. Contact So Fresh to order your family’s Pure Water today. Get drinking and get healthy.
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