We’ve all heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That said, your individual water needs depend on many factors such as health, activity level, and where you live. The Mayo Clinic explains that no single formula fits everyone. Some people may not need eight glasses a day, while others require more than that. Keep reading to learn how much water you really need.
Why We Need Water
Nearly 60 percent of our body weight is made up of water. Without water, we are unable to survive. Keep in mind that every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to work at peak performance. Here are just a few benefits of water:
Eliminates waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
Keeps body temperature in check
Lubricates and cushions joints
Protects sensitive tissues
Don’t forget that lack of water can lead to dehydration. If you’ve ever been dehydrated, you know that it can drain your energy and make you tired. But how much should you be drinking on a daily basis? Well, you may need to adjust your fluid intake based on several factors:
Overall health - Not surprisingly, your body requires more water when you have a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. It’s also imperative to stay properly hydrated if you’re dealing with bladder infections or urinary tract stones. Don’t hesitate to contact your physician should you have questions regarding additional oral rehydration solutions.
Exercise - You need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss from exercise. If you’re an athlete, be sure to drink before, during, and after a workout. Do what you can to avoid sports drinks, though. The electrolytes may help replace minerals in your blood lost through sweat, but they don’t justify the amount of sugar in the drink itself.
Environment - Depending on where you’re located, the weather can make you sweat and require additional fluid intake. This is the case in areas that are hot, humid, or in the case of Colorado, at high altitude.
How Much Water We Should Be Drinking
Let’s get to the answer now, shall we? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that a sufficient daily fluid intake is:
About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
Note that these numbers cover fluids from water, other beverages, and food. In most cases, nearly 20 percent of daily fluid intake comes from food and other drinks.
Hydration Treatment for Athletes
Are you struggling to stay hydrated? Intravenous hydration treatment presents an innovative approach to health and wellness. IV hydration therapy at Elevation Hydration is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to deliver vital nutrients to the body. Here’s what our hydration clinic has to offer:
Ideal for the Colorado outdoor enthusiast, this hydration treatment package includes B-Complex vitamins and B-12 for energy.
This one is made for the competitor. Take advantage of a mix of B-complex vitamins, B-12 for energy, toradol for aches and pain, as well as calcium.
Don’t forget to ask about our pre and post-workout add-ons to elevate your training and recovery! Schedule your appointment today.