Water is one of the things we need to sustain life. Our bodies cannot function without water. A question that is often asked is, “How much water do I need?” Lifebridge Fitness Center, a health center and fitness center with nutrition counseling available based out of Baltimore, MD, would like to share the following information.
Why is Water Important?
Water is the key to functioning. Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, and we lose it through sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. When we lose too much water, or become dehydrated, the following symptoms can occur: dizziness, fatigue, lethargy, weakness and an inability to focus. In nutrition counseling, you will learn foods and other beverages can count toward your water goal. However, it is important to count the calories, sugar, and other nutrients in your daily tracking.
So How Much Water Should I be Drinking?
The short answer is there is no one size fits all policy to how much water you should drink. The commonly touted rule of eight glasses a day is a good goal, but there are certain reasons why you should drink more. A fitness center or health center might suggest you start by drinking half your body weight in ounces. If you plan to exercise, you should definitely drink more than that to replenish what you will lose. If you live in a dry climate, you should drink more. If you drink alcohol, you should drink more. The list goes on: pregnant or breastfeeding, playing or exercising outside in excessively cold or hot temperatures? Drink more water! When in doubt, seek out nutrition counseling at a health center or fitness center near you.
Can I Drink too Much Water?
The answer is yes, but it’s exceedingly rare. It is more of an imbalance of electrolytes than simply drinking too much water. Athletes or people who are exercising in excess are at greater risk, and should definitely undergo nutrition counseling or visit a health center if they are concerned they may be drinking too much water. Drinking sports drinks during exercise or right after may prevent an imbalance from occurring.