How Much Water Should You Really Be Drinking?


By now, you’ve likely heard the spiel about water: it’s very important.Despite this being common knowledge, there are those who still consider coffee or soda as ample H2o substitutes, when on the contrary these types of drinks are notoriously loaded with sugar and caffeine, and therefore have counteractive health impacts compared to drinking just water.

Purified water is really the only beverage option for optimal health. But how much should you actually be drinking? Surely you’ve heard the commonplace recommendation of 8 glasses per day, however, this number may actually be too much for some, and not enough for others.

Assessing Your Own Body’s Need

The amount of water you need depends on varying factors, including how physically active you are, or even what climate you live in.

Luckily our bodies come equipped with an attentive water detection system called thirstOnce your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty.

But while this gauge may be helpful in a general sense, by the time you actually feel thirsty you may already be dehydrated. One report found that about 75% of Americans are dehydrated regularly.

There are a few other signs that may be a signaling that you are dehydrated as well, including dark coloured urine, dry dull skin, fatigue and even mood swings.

What Your Urine Is Telling You

A simple rule of thumb for assessing your water needs is by looking at the colour of your urine. Dark urine likely indicates your kidneys are retaining fluid to maintain normal body functions. However, this isn’t to be confused with darker urine due to supplement intake, such as multi-vitamins.

If you are dehydrated, you will also likely urinate less often. According to Dr. Mercola, a healthy person urinates about 7-8 times per day. So monitoring how often you are urinating in a day is an important assessment tool.

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