How does water affect your overall health? Let's explore some strategies to stay properly hydrated throughout the day.
It’s common knowledge that water is required for survival. But high achievers like you don’t want to merely survive; you want to thrive! And that requires your body to be functioning in optimal health. How much water, then, is necessary for optimal health?
How Much Water Do You Need?
It's not 8-8oz glasses a day!
The typical recommendation of 8, 8-oz glasses per day has no real scientific basis, but the need for adequate hydration does. In this article, I'll show you how that typical recommendation is inadequate for optimal health, how much water is enough for your unique needs, and six strategies to help you build an optimal hydration habit.
A More Scientific Recommendation
Years ago, I wrote a book (a whole system really) called the Healthy Habits System (you can still find it on Amazon here).
The Healthy Habits System recommends this simple equation to determine how much you should drink:
Your body weight in pounds / 2 = ounces of base hydration needed
Meaning, if you did absolutely nothing during the day – no sweating, no moving, no eating, no medications, no drinking anything else, no caffeine… You get the picture. (These things can have a dehydrating effect.)
You should add 8 ounces for every caffeinated beverage, sugar-sweetened beverage, and alcoholic beverage. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 3 cups of coffee each day, and enjoy a glass of wine at dinner, you should drink:
150/2 = 75 ounces + 3(8 ounces) + 8 ounces = 107 ounces
Add more if you live in a hot climate and you exercise.