Water is everywhere, but it doesn’t mean we are regularly drinking enough! We know we should drink water, but knowing isn’t doing!
Water makes up more than 60 percent of our bodies, and because we experience water loss throughout the day from sweating, breathing, and urinating, we need to replenish our bodies with water. Without water, our bodies will not be able to function optimally, and we could experience these unpleasant symptoms:
- Muscle Cramps
- Mood Swings
- High Blood Pressure
- Food Cravings
To avoid these symptoms and have general overall good health, we must drink an appropriate amount of water. Here are a few guidelines to keep us hydrated and healthy.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
The commonly accepted recommendation is to drink 2 – 3 liters of water per day, which is about 67 fl oz. – 100 fl oz. which is about 4 – 6 bottles (16 fl oz each). A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. So if you’re 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 fl oz. of water per day. It may sound like a lot of water, but if you pace the amount of water intake throughout the day, you’ll easily reach your goal.
Your specific diet, climate, or lifestyle can determine your necessary water intake as well. If you’re eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, you might need less water. If you exercise regularly or live in a dry or hot climate, you might need more. A good way to gauge how well you’re doing is to pay attention to the color of your urine: You want your urine to be a light yellow to clear color. Dark yellow means you’re not drinking enough. Completely transparent urine could mean you might be drinking too much.
Can I Drink Too Much Water?
Yes, you can! Drinking too much water can cause hyponatremia, a harmful condition where your blood has too much water and not enough sodium. To prevent hyponatremia, do not drink more than 1 – 1.5 liters within one hour. While most of us are in no danger of this situation, we should be mindful that an excess of water can be detrimental.
Where Should I Get My Water?
While water is an abundant resource for many of us, it is important to drink water from safe sources such as an at-home water filter. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) water quality analysis of 32 million state water records, water utilities’ testing has found pollutants in Americans’ tap water. Using an at-home filter can help remove toxins in tap water and keep your water supply safe to drink. You can use a variety of water filters such as:
- Under-Sink Filter
- Countertop Filter
- Home-Installation Filter