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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

There’s a chance you might not be drinking enough water. Check out these tips to find out how much water you should drink each and every day.

June 19, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Water is very important for your overall health. Without it, your body can neither function properly nor at its best.

Determining your hydration needs depends primarily on your age, gender, activity level, and more. So how much water do you need to drink daily?

The Institute of Medicine recommends that men get 3.7 liters of fluids per day; women, 2.7 liters. However, this includes all sources of fluids you might get from your meals and beverages. For example, water might be supplied by a salad or by fruit.

Here are tips to help you make sure you’re drinking enough water daily.

Listen to Your Body

If you’re thirsty, drink water. If you’re not thirsty, wait until you are. It’s that simple. Start out the day with a glass of water before you get moving. Hydrate your body to aid your focus, metabolism, and digestion.

Remember, drinking too much water can also be as dangerous as avoiding it. You may accidentally dilute the salt and other electrolytes in your body, which can lead to overhydration, or hyponatremia. This condition occurs when the sodium levels in your body become dangerously low.

Eat Foods High in Water Content

Your body relies on you to consume a regular amount of fluids daily. Plus, you may not even realize that certain foods can be dehydrating—coffee for example. That’s why eating water-rich foods can help.

Try any of these:

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Broths and Soups
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese

These healthy foods can also keep you hydrated throughout the day. Adding a variety of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products can be beneficial to your diet.

Replenish Lost Fluids

Drinking water can help improve the blood oxygen circulation in your body and keep your energy levels up. When you sweat, urinate, or even breathe, your body is losing water and energy.

Without enough water in your system, you may experience signs of dehydration. To make sure you’re hydrated, drink enough water between meals, stay cool during hot and humid days, and pay attention to any warning signs.

Contact your doctor if you need help with your water intake, especially if you have any chronic health conditions.

 

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https://www.nap.edu/read/10925/chapter/6

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https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.html

“Water: How much should you drink every day?” Mayo Clinic. Accessed May 21, 2018.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

“19 Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated.” Healthline. Accessed May 22, 2018.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-hydrating-foods

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https://www.healthline.com/health/overhydration#types

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