How Much Water Should We Drink?

With the extreme heat this summer, I thought it would help to have a post regarding water intake.

Keeping yourself hydrated can help with proper functions of your body, such as improving digestion and relieving constipation, heartburn and bloating, improving mood, flushing out toxins from the body, increased energy, and so on.

How much is enough and how much do I drink when I exercise? Let’s take a look at how much water we should drink, excluding exercise. You should consume half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 100 lbs., your daily intake of water should be 50 ounces of water (again, NOT INCLUDING WHEN YOU EXERCISE).

Now we want to know how much extra consumption of water is needed. But, we all sweat at different rates, so how do we know how much we should drink? The best way to figure this out is to weigh yourself nude before you exercise. Then, exercise for one hour, and weigh yourself again nude (this formula will only work if you do not drink any water or use the toilet). See how much you’ve lost.  For each pound lost, you lost 15.4 oz. of fluid. You will want to drink enough water to replenish the pounds. This should help you determine how much water to intake throughout your workouts going forward.

You want to make sure to do this test again when the weather gets cooler, as you’ll probably find you won’t be sweating as much. You also will want to try this for different types of exercises as well. For example, if I run, I probably sweat more than if I’m doing resistance training, etc.

In Good Health,

Toni

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