Your body is made up of between 60-75% water. It’s no surprise that how much water you drink effects your health. Too little water could cause dehydration, headaches and fatigue.
But how much should you drink?
On average Men should drink about 3 liters (13 cups) and Woman should drink 2.2 liters (9 cups) of water each day.
Lifestyle and other factors need to be taken into consideration. For example, the hydration in fruits and vegetables will increase your intake, while a regular jog outside in the heat will decrease your hydration making you need to increase your water intake.
When should you increase your water?
- Hot humid temperatures
- High altitude – specifically when flying
- High exercise levels
- When your sick especially when you are running a fever have diarrhea and are vomiting
- infections of the urinary tract or bladder
- When you are pregnant or are breast feeding
- and when you are drinking alcohol
What is the best type of water?
There are so many water options! Right now in my very own kitchen I can get water through multiple sources. Let me go over a few
Tap water – the most available source, but not always the best choice. While some cities have great water purification systems other do not. Research your cities Consumer Confidence Report to see if you need an at home filtration system.
Water Filters – can help remove contaminants from regular tap water. Easily available to purchase at most stores. Its important that you have looked into what is in your tap water so you can choose the best filter to remove it.
Distillation – Basically boiling water to remove impurities. Cheap and easy.
Bottled water – again widely available, however there are concerns about chemicals from the plastic bottles leaching into the water its holding as well as the effects of the increasing amount of plastic on the environment
Water Ionizers – raise the PH of water, if you are drinking this water make sure you are testing your PH for best results.