Are you Drinking Enough?

The question comes up over and over again, “How much water should I be drinking?”

The answer is half of your body weight in ounces. That means if you weigh 100 pounds, you should be drinking 50 ounces of water per day. If you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces per day.

This does not take into account other beverages that you drink during the day unless you are drinking non caffeinated teas or unsweetened juices.

It also does not account for factors that require more hydration such as exercise, caffeine consumption and the amount of time spent on a computer or device such as a tablet or phone.

To adjust your water intake for exercise, weigh yourself before you exercise and again after. For ever pound lost, drink 2 additional cups of water.

For caffeine consumption, drink an additional cup of water for each cup of caffeinated beverage.

If you are in front of a computer, laptop or tablet for more than 2 hours per day, drink an additional cup of water.

hydro coach

There are a number of handy apps out there to help you track your water consumption.  One example is Hydro Coach which calculates your water needs per day as well as reminds you to drink throughout the day.