Are you drinking enough water?

Jul 24, 2013

It's Wellness Wednesday! This week's topic: proper hydration.

How much water do you drink every day? Most likely, it’s not enough. You should consume either 100 ounces or half your body weight in ounces EACH DAY! This does not include sports drinks, sodas or coffee. However, it does include water found naturally in fruit and vegetables—but the amount in these foods is usually minimal. So, fill up that water bottle and consume enough H2O every day to reap the benefits!

Water provides several benefits to your body, including:

  • Regulating your temperature
  • Lubricating and cushioning your joints
  • Protecting your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Getting rid of waste

If you think you are not getting enough water throughout the day (which is likely since almost 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated!), here are a few tips to increase your water intake throughout the day:

  • Carry a full water bottle with you. Refill it every time you stop
  • Choose water over sugary drinks—this could also save you around 240 calories each time you ditch a soda or energy drink
  • Choose water when eating out. It will help you save money as well
  • Add a lemon or lime wedge to your water for a little pizzazz!

Compiled from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website: