How Much Water Should I Be Drinking A Day?
You may have always wondered – exactly how much water should I be drinking a day? The answer is, it depends! The amount of water that someone should drink varies greatly from person to person. It depends on how your individual metabolism works, what the temperature is, what you eat, your age and whether you have a medical condition. In short, it is recommended you drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
Water is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet because the body relies on it to function properly. Between 50% and 80% of the human body is made up of water. All the body’s chemical processes take place in water. We need water for digestion, to absorb nutrients, to help us move, get rid of waste products and to regulate our body temperature.
If the body doesn’t have enough water (known as dehydration), it won’t function as well. People who don’t drink enough water every day are at greater risk of kidney stones, problems with their heart valves and some kinds of cancer. Even minor dehydration can affect physical and mental performance.
Are you drinking enough water?
You can tell if you are well hydrated by the colour of your urine. If it is pale yellow or straw-coloured, you are probably hydrated. If it’s darker, you need to drink more water.
7 Day Challenge
Did you know water boosts ENERGY, helps with WEIGHT LOSS, aids in DIGESTION, DETOXIFIES and HYDRATES your skin and brain?
Our Wellness Team wants to encourage you to stay hydrated and drink more water!
So, we are putting up a 7 Day Water Challenge to get you committed and feeling the benefits! Of course, 7 days is a short time to see major changes, but we hope it will help get you into the routine and mind set to change habits for the long term.
What can you drink?
- Water! Try water with sliced lemons, limes, fresh raspberries, cucumber & mint
- Protein drinks with a low glycemic index
- Natural unsweetened tea (hot or cold)
- Black coffee
- Non-flavored carbonated water (i.e.: San Pellegrino, Perrier, La Croix)
- You can drink milk, but please limit to 1/2 glass or less than 8 oz. a day. (almond or soy milk as well)
What should you not drink?
- Coffee with creamer and/or sugar
- Alcohol of any kind
- Pretty much anything that comes packaged in a can
- Any flavored water (flavor your water naturally with fruit instead)
How much water should I drink?
We recommend you drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 litres) of fluids a day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 litres) of fluids a day for women.
So, grab a glass, fill it up, and start drinking. Get a friend or your partner to do it with you, they can hold you accountable and be a great support system.
Let us know your results in the comments, to be in the running for our beautiful stainless steel water bottle.
If you struggled with this challenge, perhaps your body needs a reset and some expert advise to help change your daily routine. Contact us if you would like help finding the perfect program to get you started, it’s never too late!