Fitness & Nutrition

Getting Smart About Hydration: Helping You Drink More Water

May 28, 2021

Pretty much every system of your body depends on water to function properly. Are you drinking enough to replenish your stores?

How much is enough?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but the familiar eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day is a good place to start. If you’re a bigger person, drink more; smaller people can drink less. Nearly all body processes need water: kidney function, joint and tissue protection, temperature regulation, digestion, oxygen delivery, and more. When you listen to your body, it will let you know how much is right for you.

Signs of dehydration

Dehydration’s effects are more obvious after a bout of the flu or attending a hot yoga class after a night full of champagne and wine. Yet even mild dehydration causes symptoms.

How to get more

Knowing how much water you drink is the first step to hydration. As outdoor temperatures and your activity levels increase, your water consumption should, too. Try these tricks.