Am I drinking enough water?
Seems like an easy answer…
Just drink. Sometimes, we at Smalltown Table get so involved with a project and realize, we haven’t had anything since morning coffee.
Just breathing, sweating, and going potty use water everyday. You need to replenish water daily by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
So how much fluid does the average, healthy US adult need everyday?
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determines:
- About 15.5 cups of fluids for men
- About 11.5 cups of fluids a day for women
*About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks
At Smalltown Table Central, we set a timer on to chug some H2O every 20-30 minutes.
It really helps us feel better!
Your fluid intake is probably adequate if:
- You rarely feel thirsty
- Your urine is colorless or light yellow
A doctor or registered dietitian can help you determine the amount of water that’s right for you every day.
To prevent dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It’s also a good idea to:
- Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal.
- Drink water before, during and after exercise.
- Drink water if you’re feeling hungry. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
Although uncommon, it’s possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys can’t excrete the excess water, the sodium content of your blood is diluted (hyponatremia) — which can be life-threatening. (Angie did this during a marathon. So have a salty snack before races…)
Keep it Simple…Drink 8 glasses water a day