How much water should I drink a day – especially in Summer?
It’s so important to keep hydrated in Summer. While we tend to focus a lot of our time and energy on food — deciding what to eat for lunch or make for dinner — water is essential. In fact, we can go up to 3 weeks without food but wouldn’t last more than 3 or 4 days without water
Knowing how much water to drink especially in Summer is a tricky business because knowing when you are adequately hydrated means your body can function at its optimal best – something water and chiropractic adjustments have in common!
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When you are fully hydrated it helps you cool down more effectively from workouts or just being in the sun, as sweat – designed to cool you down – is produced from water in your body – so being hydrated helps this body function to work effectively – remember it also cools you down when you are running a fever too!
Here are just some of the roles water plays a part in keeping your body in good working order:
- Aids digestion
- Helps to transport vitamins and minerals around the body
- Boosts exercise performance
- Regulates body temperature
- Flushes out your body’s systems
- Helps prevent kidney stones
- Promotes weight loss
- Promotes healthy skin and reduces wrinkles
The list goes on, but these give you some idea of why it’s so important to get the right amount of water each day.
Good water levels in your body helps keep your joints mobile, making it easier to move.
People who are well-hydrated usually have regular bowel movements. Hard bowel movements or constipation can be a sign that you aren’t getting enough water — and /or fibre in your diet.
So how much water? –
It depends on the individual. A good place to start for most people is to drink 8oz at least 4 – 6 times a day and if the thought of measuring that out each time makes you gasp it’s easier to drink glasses of water frequently throughout the day rather than gulping large amounts down just once or twice a day.
Medications, illness and your exercise routine will also play a part in deciding the right amount of water intake for you on a daily basis.
The best way to know is to listen to your body and when you feel a little peckish reach for a glass of water first – did you know that the brain finds it hard to distinguish between hunger and thirst so you could be reaching for a snack when all your body wants is hydration!
Not sure if you’re dehydrated?
One of the easiest ways to tell is by checking the colour of your pee. If it looks clear or pale yellow, then you’re drinking enough water. But if your urine is a darker yellow or an amber colour, then it’s time to hydrate.
Another way to determine your hydration levels is by muscle testing (ask us at your next visit to show you how) – and it’s not a hard and fast rule either, as your body is organic in nature – constantly changing and adapting to it’s environment your needs may fluctuate on a daily basis depending on your lifestyle.
Hot weather, drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, and working out are factors that can cause dehydration.
The less common causes of dehydration to keep an eye out for — stress, certain medications, aging, high altitudes, and burns (including sunburns)
We invite you to enjoy your summer responsibly by remembering to hydrate little and often rather than larger quantities just once or twice in the day and take into account the activities you are doing – by hydrating well you have more energy to enjoy them and your body will function so much better when hydrated – just like when you get adjusted!
Here’s a final Tip! –
Remember to drink a glass of water first thing (with or without a squeeze of lemon) – we tend to be most dehydrated in the morning! And always says words of gratitude to bless your water – as it always tastes better after doing this – don’t believe us? check out Masaru Emoto’s groundbreaking work it is amazing!