Hydrate for life: what is the right amount of water for you?
You’ve heard it before– make sure you drink enough water. Knowing your minimum water requirement, what benefits you gain from proper hydration, and what you risk when you’re not drinking enough H2O, will motivate you to keep that bottle of water handy.
What is the right amount of water for you?
If you’re an average adult drinking less than two liters (approximately eight and a half cups) of water a day, you’re not getting enough. Aim to get at least three liters (about 13 cups – that’s 104 ounces!) for optimal health. Another way to think of this is roughly one gallon of water a day, or half as many ounces as your total body weight.
Some factors like caffeine, alcohol, and smoking contribute to decreasing your body’s hydration levels. Keep that in mind as you balance your hydration needs.
Risks of not drinking enough water
- Slow and strained movement and reaction times
- Inflexible and easily injured
- Slow circulation
- Sensations of achiness, tightness, and creaky joints
- Mental and physical fatigue
- Poor emotional state
- More frequent UTI’s
- Decreased immunity
Benefits of drinking enough water
- Effortless movement and quick reaction times
- Flexibility lends to injury prevention
- Sensations of overall wellness – physical and mental
- More stamina
- No to little UTI’s
The drawback of getting enough water
Is there any drawback to hydrating yourself optimally? Yes. Just one. You’ll probably have to hit the restroom more frequently. However, given all the benefits you now know, we expect you’ll think that’s worth the tradeoff!
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.