With a new year just beginning, you may have drinking more water on your 2018 to do list, which is a good habit to start, but do you really need the coveted 8 glasses of water per day?
In a recent article published by Self magazine, they challenged this theory and experts weighed in explaining the many factors that can play a role in calculating the correct amount of ounces required for each individual. For instance all of these characteristics are needed to come up with the most accurate ounces:
* Where you reside- if you live in a hot, dry climate, you may require more water consumption than those the live in a city that rains frequently.
* Your activity level- someone that runs a few miles a day is going to need more water to fuel those miles than someone that sits at a desk all day at work with little time for exercise.
* Male or Female- this is another factor to consider, along with weight, and height to add up precisely the right number of total ounces needed in a day.
The list can go on and on to truly personalize your hydration needs, and most aren’t even adding in the water they are getting from consuming other drinks such as juice, or tea, as well as the foods they eat all day. If you consume a leafy salad, you’re getting water in that lettuce; things such as this that can help sway your daily ounces.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that women get 11 cups, or 2.7 liters of water per day on average. Now comes the balancing act of calculating the coffees or sodas you may have had, as they can dehydrate you, and adding in the water you received from drinks and foods during any particular day. It’s a nonstop mathematical calculation, so the best tip is to get yourself a water container that you can carry around with ease from work, to home, to school and just aim to drink one to two refills of the whole bottle each day. If you lead a fairly active lifestyle getting in a few miles each day just walking around your work campus, then add a few more ounces to your daily goal to ensure that you are staying well hydrated throughout the day.
Symptoms of dehydration are rather obvious for some, but a simple headache, or signs of fatigue are also signs to watch out for. If you are thirsty, that can also be your cue to start drinking your water bottle as soon as possible, because once we are thirsty, our body is already suffering from dehydration.