How much water you need every day depends on 3 main things: Age | Gender | Activity Level
**Keep in mind, when it’s hot and/or humid this can change!**
Here’s how to stay hydrated:
- Men: 12 cups a day if you are over 19 years old
- Women: 9 cups a day if you are over 19 years old
And while we encourage water as it is absolutely the best solution — Other alternatives include: milk, juice, broth or soups, coffee and tea.
MYTH!! You need 8 cups a day to stay healthy.
Consuming the suggested amount not only will keep you healthy and energized, but also will:
- keeps your bowels regular
- eliminate waste in your body
- manage your body temperature
- assist in digestion
- deliver nutrients around your entire body
- give your organs and joints more wiggle room
How do you know if you are dehydrated?
You lose water by sweating, breathing and getting rid of waste. If you lose more fluid than you take in you can get dehydrated.
What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration?
- dry lips and mouth
- flushed skin
- low blood pressure
- increase in heart rate
- dark, strong smelling urine
- blue lips
- blotchy skin
- lack of energy
- cold hands and feet
- rapid breathing
- high fever
IMPORTANT!: You can become dehydrated even before signs appear. Therefore, it is important to drink fluids regularly, even before you feel thirsty.
Steps You Can Take
Follow these tips to stay hydrated:
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up each morning or before you go to bed.
- Keep a fresh glass of water by your desk or on hand where you work.
- Carry a container of water with you throughout the day.
- Drink a glass of water before eating your meals.
- Make sure you have a drink with each meal such as a glass of low fat milk, soy beverage or water.
- Don’t ignore thirst. Drink water or another healthy drink when you feel thirsty.