We know during those winter months, when the weather is colder, the idea of drinking cold water isn't as appealing. Trust me I'm always cold and I can't stand drinking cold water! But I remind myself how important it is to stay hydrated, even during those chilly winter months.
I remember when I was younger my coaches would always pester us about staying hydrated. As a kid I never really understood it. Then I hit college and started playing sports in New York where the humidity was not my friend! Playing in that heat really made me realize how important water is for my body.
But because I love absorbing facts, I had to explore. Besides quenching our thirst, why is water important? I've listed a few reasons below.
Why is Water Important
You may have known some of these facts - if you did that's great! You're a factual gal like me. The real question I have now is - do you know how much water you should drink a day? Better yet - ARE you drinking enough water every day?
Let's explore how much water we should be drinking daily.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
Like different diets, water is another controversial topic among experts. Everyone is different, and the amount of water you should drink depends on a few different factors. Some of these factors include: your activity level, how much caffeine or alcohol you've had, how hot it is outside and even how much water you were consuming before.
Not sure if you are consuming enough water? A very easy test is simply just to look at your urine. It should be on the light side, if it is you're probably doing pretty good with your water intake. But if it's dark and you don't have a lot of urine, you are definitely dehydrated. A few more signs of dehydration include: thirsty, dry mouth, headache, weakness, dizziness or confusion. For me, I know I'm dehydrated when I get a headache.
Good news is if you stay hydrated, you can avoid these symptoms all together. A good rule of thumb is to drink 64 to 100 ounces of water a day.
Sometimes in our busy lifestyles, we get into a habit of forgetting to drink water. Trust me - I'm guilty of this too! I've listed a few of my favorite tips on how to increase your water intake below: