As the temperatures are rising so should your daily water intake.  It is always important to drink lots of water but even more so now that the Texas summer weather is here.

How much water should you drink daily?

This is always a fun question as there really is no right answer!  There are many factors that go into how much water you need like climate, how much you are exercising, how much you sweat, and so on.  So really there is no general rule, but a good number to shoot for is 64 ounces.  That is the 8×8 rule.  8, 8-ounce glasses a day.  That is at least a good start for most people.

Benefits of drinking water

  1. More energy
  2. Better thinking and improved mood
  3. Helps with weight loss
  4. Helps with other common health problems
    • Acne
    • Constipation
    • Kidney stones
    • Certain types of cancer

For more information on how increasing your fluid intake may help with the things listed above check out this great article.

Where else can you get hydrated?

The foods we eat surprisingly contain a good amount of water.  Vegetables, fruits, and even meat can help contribute to our daily intake of liquids.  Plus, they have many other health benefits!

While water is your best bet to help to avoid dehydration, other drinks can help as well.  Coffee (black), as well as teas (even though caffeinated), can help your body increase its liquid content.  It is recommended however to avoid high sugary drinks such as sodas and sweetened teas as these can actually have the opposite effect.  And no, alcohol does not count!

Listen to your body!

I have said it before and I will say it again.  Your body usually knows what is best.  If you are thirsty, it is your body telling you to drink some water.  If you are sweating a lot or feeling hot, drink water.  It really is that easy.  Take the time to start listening to your body’s signs and it will help you be healthier.

For more health tips and tricks check out some of our other blog posts in our Learning Center.

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