It’s not just in your faucet.
Water. It covers approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight, helping you maintain a healthy temperature, get rid of waste, and protect your joints. Obviously, getting enough water each day is important to your good health. In fact, if you don’t get enough water each day, you put yourself at risk for all sorts of potential problems. When you wind up dehydrated from a lack of water, you can expect to feel tired and unable to perform the daily tasks of living. Go a little longer and hang out in the heat, and you can expect a heat stroke and other more serious conditions.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to down some good ol’ H2O and ensure your internal system stays up and running. Here are just a few.
This one seems a bit obvious, but drinking water every day is the surest way to get it in your system. Go with a few glasses every day and you’ll go a long way toward protecting against dehydration. How much water should you drink? The rules have changed over the years, and there are now a number of schools of thought on the matter. However, if you drink at least 64 ounces (1.9 liters) of water a day, you should be in good shape water-wise.
Down Other Drinks
Though water is the purest and most apparent way to stuff a little H2O in your belly, it’s not the only way. Many other drinks you sip on each day have a great amount of water in them. Milk, juices, beer, soda, coffee, and tea all consist largely of water. However, juices can have more sugar than you should add into your daily diet, beers are typically filled to the brim with useless calories, and soda and coffee often contain excess caffeine that could be detrimental to your health. So while it’s okay to enjoy each of these drinks on occasion, relying on them to be large contributors to your daily water intake is not a good idea.
On top of drinking your H2O via water and other drinks, a well-balanced diet will give you about one quarter of your daily water intake from the foods you eat. Fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken broth, and other foods all contain a lot of water. Some of them – such as tomatoes, watermelon, and lettuce, consist of as much as 90 percent water. Therefore, eating your fruits and veggies is as important in your quest for avoiding dehydration as downing a few glasses of water each day.
Consider Your Environment
Think everyone should drink the same amount of water every day? Think again. If you live in a particularly hot climate or sweat excessively during work or play, you’ll need to get extra water in your system to prevent problems from arising. How much more depends on your exact locale and volume of sweat being produced. A good rule of thumb is to sip on water throughout the day, not going more than an hour or so without drinking water – especially if you’re at increased risk for losing water.
Regardless of your environment, if you’re pregnant, are taking diuretic medications, or are dealing with certain dehydrating health conditions, you’ll need to up your water intake to protect against dehydration and its complications.
Wondering if you’re getting enough water each day? If your urine is dark yellow or you feel thirsty often throughout the day, you need to drink more water. Otherwise, you’re probably drinking enough to keep your body’s systems in good working order.