Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How Much Is Enough?

How Much Is Enough?

Not too much longer and the weather MAY start to cool down a bit.  This is when it can be hard to drink as much water as we did during the summertime. 

We all know water is good for us, but what does it actually do?  It is essential for maintaining health... It performs many importance functions in your body, such as internal temperature and blood pressure regulation, joint support and cushioning, and it aids in digestion and absorption along with transporting nutrients and getting rid of unwanted "stuff" or toxins from your body.  So when you are taking your morning supplement or wanting to sip on something, drink water! 

So how much is enough?  According to Environmental Nutrition August 2012, most people let their thirst be their guide in meeting their body's fluid needs.  You get about 80 percent of your water from beverages and another 20 percent from foods, such as fruits and vegetables, which can consist of at least 90 percent water.  Aim for these hydration goals established by the Institute of Medicine:

Women - Consume 2.7 L of total water from beverages and foods each day - that is about 9 eight-ounce glasses from beverages.
Men - Consume 3.7 L of total water from beverages and foods each day - that's about 12 eight-ounce glasses from beverages.

A helpful way to drink plenty of water each day is using a check off system.  Marking in your calendar "check offs" will help you keep your priorities in order! 

And if you are feeling hungry at random points in the day, this more than likely is a sign that your body needs zero calorie water, rather than the added calories... cheers to water!

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