I always find it interesting when I ask people the following question, “how’s your water intake?” The majority of the time, people answer with “good”, but are we really drinking as much as we should? Here’s some interesting facts.
A study done by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2007 found that:
- 7% of adults report no daily water consumption
- 36% of adults report drinking 1-3 glasses of water per day
- 35% of adults report drinking 4-7 glasses of water per day
- 22% of adults report drinking 8 or more glasses per day.
So, what exactly are all of these health benefits that we are taking about? Well, here’s just a few: it helps lubricate the joints, it helps produce saliva and mucus, it delivers oxygen throughout the body, it boosts skin health and beauty, it regulates body temperature, aids in digestion, helps maintain blood pressure, helps prevent kidney damage, helps with athletic performance and helps with weight loss!
So, how much is enough? While there is no fixed amount of water that must be consumed daily, there are general guidelines on what a healthy intake is. For men, it is around 125 ounces per day and for women, it is 91 ounces per day.
In our office, we know that we are all different. Our recommendations are to take your body weight, divide that number by 2, and that is how many ounces you should drink per day. So, for example, somebody weighing 200 pounds would need 100 ounces of water per day (200/2).
Keep in mind that high sugar drinks do not add to that total. It was once thought that caffeine caused dehydration in the body, however, new studies are now showing that that fluid loss after caffeine are minimal.
Questions? Just ask!