How Much Water Should You be Drinking?

How Much Water Should You be Drinking?

Are you drinking enough water? Find out with these helpful tips.

By: Madeline Glasser

We hear it all the time: Drinking water is essential for overall health and wellness. It makes up the majority of your brain — approximately 78 per cent.

There’s no doubt that you need adequate amounts of water to survive, but the real question is: How much water should you drink each day? Unfortunately, there isn’t really a clear-cut answer because the amount of water you need each day is highly individualized. However, there are some universal truths that can help you determine how much water your body requires.

One simplified way to determine how much water you should be drinking is to start with your current weight. In general, aim to drink half to two-thirds of your weight in ounces each day. So, for example, if you currently weigh 140 pounds, try to drink between 70 to 93 ounces of water. Of course, this is an estimate — you should always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or water intake. In order to get a better grasp on your water consumption, it’s important to understand other factors that can impact your hydration.

1. The Environment
If you live in a particularly hot, humid or cold environment, your daily water intake may need to be increased. Additionally, if you live at a higher altitude, your ounces should be upped.

2. Your Activity Level
When you exercise, you sweat, which means your body is losing both water and electrolytes. Make sure you drink enough water to replenish what you lost.


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3. Illnesses or Other Health Conditions
If you’re sick, your body tends to need more fluids to help heal — particularly if you are vomiting, experiencing diarrhoea or have a fever. Staying hydrated can help you feel better faster.

4. If You’re Pregnant or Nursing
Large amounts of fluid are needed for both pregnancy and nursing, so make sure you are drinking enough.

How to Keep Track of Your Water Intake
It’s pretty easy to lose track of how much water you’ve been drinking throughout the day, and plain water can get pretty boring. Here are a few fun ways to make sure you stay hydrated.

  • Add some flavour: Naturally infusing flavour into your water can get you to drink more. Fruits and vegetables like lemon, lime, cucumbers and grapefruit make for a refreshing addition to a tall glass of water.
  • Drink water before each meal: Drink two cups of water (16 ounces) before each meal.
  • Use technology: There are a number of apps you can download for your smartphone that help you track your water consumption.
  • Measure by container: If you have a certain water bottle you drink from each day, figure out how many times you’d have to refill it to meet your goals. Add a rubber band to the outside for each time you fill it up to help you keep track.

How many glasses of water do you aim to drink each day? Let us know in the comments below, and share your best tips for reaching your hydration goal. Log in or register for P&G everyday to get started.

Madeline is the author of the Food, Fitness, and Family blog where she writes about yummy eats, sweaty workouts, and life as a family of three ... soon to be four! She is an Army wife dedicated to finding balance between kale and cake pops while raising her growing family.

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