Most of us have known about the health benefits of water. But only a few of us have ever taken the steps to ensure that we get the best of those benefits.
We all know that water is called known as the source of life. When we need to quench our thirst, no other drink can do what water can do.
Drink sufficient amount of water and your daily metabolism will work at its optimal level. But there are other health benefits too. Your energy levels will be boosted and your skin complexion will improve significantly.
There are so many people who like to go on dieting. If you belong to that group, water will be the best drink for you. Water has zero calories.
Water can be of great help in weight loss.
A recent study claims that you should drink 2 x 8-ounce cups of water before every meal to lose weight. The study involved dieters who were studied for more than 3 months. You would be amazed to know that the dieters drinking water before all their three meals everyday lost an average of 5 pounds in just 12 weeks against those who continued with the same way they drank water earlier.
So Are you Drinking Enough Water & At the Right Time?
There are so many amazing benefits of water. But you should never drink too much of it. It will come to you as a surprise but water can be a killer if you drink excess of it.
So here is a guide on how much water you can drink daily so that you are always on the safe side while enjoying its health benefits:
1. Your Weight is the Most Important Factor
Drink water proportional to your weight. Never overdo it. So a person who weighs 80 pounds should not drink the amount of water that is needed by a person who weighs 300 pounds.
2. What Formula to Use?
There is a general formula on the amount of water you should be drinking. It’s called the “Half-Body Weight Rule”.
– Weigh yourself to find your weight
– Divide your weight by 2
– You will get the number of ounces of water to be taken everyday
If your body weight is 200 lbs, your daily water intake should be 200/2 = 100 oz.
3. How Physically Active Are You?
How active you are will also determine how much water you should be drinking. You can be one of those people who sit behind the desk throughout the day. Or else you may have an active life, including lots of exercise. You could be an athlete or the like who hits the gym or spends a lot of time on the tracks.
Whatever your lifestyle, it will affect the amount of water your body needs daily.
When you are physically more active, your body is sweating more. There is a general formula here as well:
You should add 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of physical activity or exercise (per day). If you spend 2 hours daily exercising or engaged in physical activity, you should add 4×12 = 48 oz. of water to the amount you drink normally.
A Simple Rule
There are so many people who are so busy that they can’t maintain track of how much water they drink. If you are also one of them, this method will help you:
– You should drink 2 cups of water every time before you take your meals.
– So you will be drinking 48 ounces water a day through this simple rule.
– Every morning drink a glass of water when you wake up.
– Drink a glass of water 2 hours before you go to bed.
– Carry a bottle of water every time you go outside. Choose only non-plastic bottle.
Follow the above-mentioned simple steps and you will not have to make any calculations. These steps will help you get all the required amount of water to meet your daily needs.
But you can also replenish your water needs from fruits and vegetables too. 30 g of fruits/veggies are considered to give 1 oz. of water. So if you eat more of them, you can reduce the amount of water you drink (Source).