Hi guys! Today I want to talk to you about water and its importance in your diet. Water is something often overlooked, perhaps because it is so obvious and so accessible to everyone. However, it is crucial to living a healthy life!
Did you know? Water is the 2nd most popular beverage option in the USA, after soft drinks. I dream of our country learning how to make healthier choices, and I would love to see water become THE most popular beverage choice!
I’m sure you are wondering, why talk about water? What’s the big deal? Let me share with you just a few reasons:
- Water keeps the fluid balance of your body (remember, we are approx. 60% water as human beings)
- Water carries nutrients to our cells and aids digestion. What good is healthy eating if our bodies can’t absorb the nutrients?
- Water flushes bodily waste (obvious, but often forgotten)
- Water keeps your kidneys healthy
- Water keeps your moisture-rich organs (i.e. eyes, mouth, nose, etc.) functioning well
Now the good thing is there is no cut and dry answer as to how much water you should be drinking. We are all different, so how much water I drink might not be the right answer for you! However, the general guideline proposes you should consume somewhere between 64 ounces and 67% of your body weight to maintain optimal hydration. For example, a 200 pound individual should, on average, drink between 64 and 134 ounces (200 x 67%) in a single day. There are a number of factors that affect the amount you should consume, but I don’t want to bore you with the details.
Luckily, there are three signs that you are drinking enough water:
- Your urine should be light in color (not dark)
- Your urine is abundant (not scant)
- You have to empty your bladder every two to three hours
The takeaway I want you to have today is simple: Are you drinking enough water? If yes, great! Keep it up! If not, make a goal to increase your consumption, little by little, until you are hydrated!
Are you drinking enough water? Do you enjoy posts like this? Let me know in the comments below!
Next post, I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks to increasing your water intake!