We all know the importance of drinking an adequate amount of water for health and longevity, but how much is adequate? There are differing opinions on the subject which can become confusing at times.
In this post I will share what your daily water intake should be (in ounces), why it is so important and a few reasons why water and sufficient hydration is the main key to living a stress-free, disease-free lifestyle.
Recommended Daily Water Intake
Our body is made up of 75% water.
Water seems to be a very important piece for our body and critical to our overall well-being. It is the solvent of the body and a huge contributor to cellular health and the movement of important functions.
You should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces each day to supply your body with enough water to function at its highest levels and keep it properly hydrated.
At the absolute minimum you should drink 6-8 8 ounce glasses per day.
Example: If you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces per day.
If you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink 60 ounces every day.
Make sure also you are drinking purified water. Learn more about the dangers of tap water here.
*Another note to recognize is that alcohol, coffee or tea DO NOT count as water intake.*
Pretty simple to follow but it will work wonders for your physical health. Adequate water intake will always be the most important aspect of proper physical health and overall nutrition.
Important Benefits Water and Proper Hydration Offer The Body
Water continues to be the cheapest form of natural medicine for many types of disease, prevention of disease and for overall healthy maintenance of the physical body.
Some of the amazing benefits of proper hydration of the body include:
- Better performing and healthier cells (cellular nutrition is key to well-being)
- Increased and more effective metabolism which helps burns more calories and regulate important systems of the body
- Higher energy levels
- Better sleeping habits and more restful sleep
- Reduced stress due to the proper flow of and removal of toxins
- Sustaining weight-loss
- Helps build and re-fuel muscles after workouts
- Improved digestion and lesser stomach problems or pains
This information should be extremely helpful if you are wondering if you drink the right amount of water daily. Remember, half of your body weight in ounces is how much you should drink daily!
Beginning this habit can help so much in all the areas listed above. If you’re just starting out on a new weight loss journey or on a specific health program, make sure first it stresses the importance of proper hydration and daily water intake! This should be a basic principle of any good weight loss plan or fitness regimen.