It's 2020... Are you drinking enough?
Do you know what that topic of conversation has been in the office this week? We have been talking about hydration and just how important it is to our health! I have talked about it with patients, with members of Freedom Strength, and with our health/nutrition coaching clients! At times, it feels like I am talking to my dog about it... I am going to have to ask Dr. Carol if I am talking about it in my sleep...
So how much water are you drinking in a day? Do you know how much you should be drinking? Based on my conversations during the past week or so, I assume that the average adult isn't sure how much they should be drinking. This week I have heard answers ranging from 1 20 oz bottle up to a gallon of water per day. Most people reported that they drink about two bottles of water per day (which is about 40 oz). The lowest recommendation that I have seen recommends that we should drink (at a minimum) 64 oz per day. Think 8 8 oz glasses per day. However, that is a generic recommendation. We are all different and as a result, have very different hydration needs.
The amount of water that you drink needs to based on a lot of different variables. Your size. Your activity level. Your age. Your environment. A general rule for determining the amount of water that you should drink is to drink roughly half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you should be drinking approximately 100 oz of water per day! That may seem like a lot, but if you can spread it out throughout the day it shouldn't be too difficult.
Pay attention over the next couple of days to how much water you drink throughout the day. Make sure that you are drinking at least 16 oz water with each meal and each snack. That should give you a great start on your day!
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