Forget chicken soup, it’s all about H2O for the soul. Between morning coffee, smoothies, and all other drinks that aren’t actually water, it’s hard to remember to drink water when consuming drinks is all that you’re doing. But as any habitual coffee or tea drinker knows, the caffeine in these drinks are a diuretic, and more likely to make you dehydrated if you don’t remember to drink water as well.
Drinking water is an important aspect of your health. After all, a large percentage of the human body is made up of water. Water plays a crucial role within the body and is involved with digestion, blood circulation, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of toxins. Your organs also require water to function, including your skin. Some signs that you might be dehydrated: dry eyes, chapped lips, and darker urine.
It gets harder to sense thirst as we age, so be especially careful if you’re taking medication that might cause fluid loss. The conventional rule is that adults should be drinking 8 cups of water a day or 64 fluid ounces. Some people might need less than 8 cups a day, while others need more. How much you exercise, the environment, and your overall health can affect how much water you need to drink to stay hydrated. You can use a calculator like this one to calculate how much water you should be drinking per day (although keep in mind, this is just a guideline and you can get water from foods as well). An easy way to see if you’re dehydrated is to check the color of your urine. The darker your urine, the more dehydrated you are.
I drink water almost exclusively from my Nalgene bottle and this helps me keep track of how much water I’m drinking. I have a 32 oz. bottle and I know if I drink about two of those, I’ve reached about where I should be in terms of water intake.
Water does so much for our bodies. It promotes weight loss, improves our skin complexion, and increases our energy levels. So stay hydrated, everyone.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, here’s a video by Kristine from Krist Soup on drinking more water.