Are you drinking enough water? Chances are, you’re not. According to recent scientific research, most Americans don’t consume enough water. In fact, a 2016 Boston College study suggested that at least two-thirds of all Americans are coming up short when it comes to meeting their recommended daily water intake.
How Much Water Should you Drink a Day?
It depends. Most people need about 8 to 12 cups a day. But your weight and activity level largely determine the amount of water you need to maintain proper hydration. According to Sheila Tucker, MA, RD, LDN, registered dietitian at Boston College, our daily water requirement is a function of the amount of energy (or calories) we use. Other experts also point out that the climate you live in is also a factor. So if you’re a runner in Arizona, your daily water requirement will be higher than if you’re a couch potato in Alaska.
How Can you Tell if You’re Drinking Enough Water?
Instead of counting cups, watch the color of your urine. If you’re drinking enough water, your urine will be clear or pale yellow. A darker yellow means your cells are shrinking and need more hydration.
When you don’t drink enough water, you can become dehydrated. Some of the common symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth
- Feeling sleepy
- Feeling thirsty
Tips on Drinking More Water
For some people, drinking enough water is difficult. Here are some tips for increasing your daily water intake:
- Love your water. If you don’t like the taste of your water, you’re not going to want to drink it. Contact Secondwind Water Systems for help. One of our certified water specialists will test your water and determine the best water treatment system for your home and family.
- Start your day with a glass of water—before your coffee or tea.
- Keep a water bottle with you at work and sip it throughout the day.
- Drink water when you are hungry. It’s easy for your brain to confuse the sensations of thirst and hunger.
- Mix it up. Add lemon, lime, or cucumber slices to your water to give it added flavor.
Water Testing and Treatment in NH
As the saying goes, water is the elixir of life. Our bodies are made up of around 65% water and we need water to live and thrive. If you don’t like the taste of your water, the certified water specialists at Secondwind Water Systems are here to help. Contact us today for a free water analysis.