Daily Fit 06/19/2019: Drink This Much Water Every Day

Drink this much water every day

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Health Tip Of The Day: Here’s how much water you need in a day for optimal hydration and the amazing benefits that come with it.

Why our bodies need water.

It might surprise you to learn that water makes up more than half of your body weight. Water is vital for almost every function in the body. It acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical reactions and as a transport material for nutrients and waste. Water also allows for proper circulation, helps regulate your body temperature and acts as a shock absorber for your joints and your brain. Studies have shown that drinking enough water every day can also improve your physical performance, help you lose weight, boost your mood and brain power and help prevent headaches.

So how much water should you drink in a day for optimal hydration?

The amount of water you need to drink on a daily basis depends on several factors — including your age, gender, activity level, environment and more. However, here’s a good general guideline when it comes to your recommended daily water intake: Women should drink at least 2 liters per day and men should drink 3 liters per day. You should also increase your daily water intake as you increase your activity level.

Note that fluids from other beverages and the water content in fruits and veggies can also help you meet your daily hydration goal. Some fruits and vegetables (like watermelon and spinach) are almost 100 percent water and drinks like milk, juice and herbal teas are also mostly made up of water. But you should still mainly hydrate with H2O because it’s low in calories and readily available.

Here’s how to up your daily water intake.

You’ve probably already heard of the 8×8 rule which dictates that you should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Since the foods that you eat and other beverages that you consume count toward your daily water intake necessities, the 8×8 rule is more of a guideline than a strict requirement. If you’re someone who has trouble staying hydrated, the 8×8 rule is a good way to visualize the amount of fluid you need to consume in a day. Click through for more tips and tricks to up your daily water intake. [Environmental Nutrition]

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