Wellness Wednesday: Water is Life
Looking for another resolution to commit to in 2022? Consider making a resolution to drink water. It’s a simple and easy habit you can build up that will have a positive impact on your health.
Water and The Body
Did you know that adult bodies contain up to 70% water? That high percentage of water content is a trait we share with the humble potato. Staying hydrated is crucial for your health and wellness.
Water can help your body:
- Keep a normal temperature
- Lubricate and cushion joints
- Protect your spinal cord and other vital organs
- Get rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
How Much Water Should I Drink?
According to research from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an adequate daily fluid intake of water is around 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) a day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) a day for women. This number can vary depending on your body weight, so it’s important to track your weight to make sure you’re drinking enough water.
Another thing to keep in mind is that certain conditions can dehydrate and require you to drink more water to replenish your body. If you find yourself experiencing any of these situations you should consider increasing the amount of water you drink that day to compensate:
- Hot climates
- You are more physically active than usual
- Running a fever
- Having diarrhea or vomiting
Alcohol can cause your body to lose water due to being a diuretic. And while caffeine doesn’t cause dehydration it causes symptoms that are very similar. Supplementing your alcoholic drinks, sodas, and fruit drinks with a glass of water is a good way to stay on top of your hydration and keep your body fueled up.
You can learn more about water and healthier drinks on the CDC’s page.