It’s getting warmer here and the beautiful weather reminds me of the importance of staying hydrated as the temperature rises and we’re outside more. So, how much water do you really need each day? Well, the answer is (as it so often is) it depends…
I learned this simple rule of thumb about ten years ago and have been using it for myself ever since: Start by thinking of your current body weight in pounds. Then, divide that number by 2. The resulting number is how many ounces of liquid (preferably mostly water) that you should drink each day. For example, let’s say that you weigh 135 pounds. That means that you will be well hydrated if you drink 67.5 ounces of water each day. That equals about two litres of water. It sounds like a lot of water, right? But, it really isn’t.
Some of the liquid we take in comes from the foods we eat as well. So, if you eat things like soup, watermelon, yogurt, or even ice cream, those count, too. Just remember that things like soda and alcohol are not our friends when we’re trying to stay hydrated. And, unless you’re running marathons, I don’t recommend sports drinks either. They have way too much sugar and sodium. More on this in a future message.
In fact, my disclaimer here is that if you have some medical condition that causes your daily liquid intake to be restricted, as co-editor Daniel does, then please understand that the above formula does not apply to you. If your healthcare provider has recommended a maximum amount of fluids for you to consume each day, please follow that plan carefully.
Stay safe and hydrated…
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