We all know that drinking water is essential but do you know why? Do you know the benefits your body and mind see when you drink plenty of water? How much water should you drink each day? Let’s dig into these questions and more.
We’re sure you’re familiar with the recommendation to drink eight glasses of water each day, but is that true? Maybe. Instead of focusing on the number eight, the latest recommendation is to drink between half an ounce and one ounce for each pound you weigh. So, if you weigh 100 pounds, you should consume between 50 and 100 ounces of water daily (eight glasses of water fits into this range); if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink between 100 and 200 ounces daily (this would be more than eight glasses daily).
Other factors play a role, too, including how often you exercise, your overall health levels, and the environment in which you live – if you live in a hot, humid, or high-altitude climate, you should drink more water than those living in cool or sea-level conditions.
Now that we know how much water to drink each day, let’s dive into the benefits you can see from hitting those daily-ounce goals.
Drinking enough water for your body can help:
- Flush bacteria from your bladder
- Aid indigestion
- Prevent constipation
- Regulate your body’s internal temperature
- Stabilize your heartbeat and blood pressure
- Aid in weight loss
- Decrease headaches and migraines
- Improve energy levels and brain function
These are just a few ways that drinking enough water each day can help your body and mind. Yes, there are additional benefits to drinking water, but do you need more reasons than those mentioned above?!
We encourage you to keep a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go – to work, the gym, your kids’ soccer or dance practice, the doctor, and pretty much anywhere outside of your house. This will remind you to drink water, and when using a reusable bottle, you’re practicing sustainability which helps the environment – we call that a win-win. When at home, ensure that you are making a conscious effort to drink enough water. Investing in a Brita filter or similar can help. We know it seems hard to drink your body weight in water each day, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. Here’s to a happy and healthy summer from all of us at First Care Clinics!