How much water should you drink each day (and how much is too much for you)

Drinking enough water is vital for survival. While it may look as though those Instagrammers are carrying around a bottle plastered with a motivational quote to look as though they fit in, they are actually keeping themselves hydrated and healthy. Perhaps this is something we should all start doing? Although, there can still be too much of a good thing…

Why is water important?

Around 60% of our bodies are made up of water. That is a staggering amount, and it may be no wonder that we need to make sure we are fully hydrated throughout the day. Making sure we are getting enough of the wet stuff has been proven to help our brain function, helps relieve and reduce headaches, can aid with weight loss, and helps with many major functions within the body.

How much water should I drink a day?

Many people have always believed we should drink 8 glasses of water each day, which equates to around 2 liters. But this is just the start. Recent studies have shown that we need to up the amount to stay healthy. It is now thought adult women should be getting around 2.7 liters, while adult men need to up this to about 3.7 liters! This is based on those living in a temperate climate who have a sedentary lifestyle.

How much water needed during exercise?

What about if you find yourself getting up and active? Do we now need to drink even more? Well, in short, yes. It’s recommended that adults should do around two and a half hours of exercise a week. Have no fear, that is only 20 minutes a day. To compensate for any fluids lost during your workout, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends you should add in 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise. That’s the same as a glass and a half of water.

How to tell if you’re drinking enough water

Dehydration can be the leading cause of many medical issues. In fact, it’s believed that 75% of Americans are dehydrated at one time, so it’s important to look out for the signs you need to grab some water. Some of the symptoms include getting a headache, feeling dizzy or tired, having a dry mouth, feeling thirsty, or having dark colored urine. There is no need to panic; it just means it’s time to grab a glass of something to drink.

How much water is too much?

Your kidneys are clever organs that are in charge of filtering through all the liquid in our bodies. Incredibly, they can process anywhere between 20 and 28 liters of water every day. However, these organs can’t handle more than 1 liter of water an hour. If you drink too much, you may overload your body and cause disastrous effects. Some of the signs to look out for include diarrhea in addition to nausea or even vomiting.

How to up your water intake

Have no fear, upping the amount of water you drink each day can be simpler than you may think. Although we think of water being drunk, we can get around 25% of the good stuff from the food we eat, especially from foods such as strawberries, watermelon, and cucumber. You could also download an app to help track and remind you when to drink, as well as infusing water with fruit to give it a sweeter taste.

We never thought we would see the day that you could have too much water. However, our bodies are precious and are just asking to be looked after. With a few simple changes, we could soon be getting the perfect amount of liquid and take the first steps on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.