We've all heard that we should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Does anyone really do that? I know I don't. But according to this article I read on the Huffington Post website, healthy women need to intake about 91 ounces (or 2.7 liters) of water a day.
This doesn't mean you need to drink over 10 glasses of water a day. You can get water from other sources, such as other beverages and food with high water volumes. Twenty percent of our water intake comes from foods, who knew? The other eighty percent is from beverages, as expected.
Water isn't just great for keeping you hydrated. It also helps with digestion, gets rid of toxins, lubricates your joints and helps with memory. Dehydration causes your skin, hair, eyes, nose and mouth to feel dry. And nobody wants that!
According to Mayo Clinic, there are specific times when you'll want to drink more than the recommended 91 ounces. When it's really hot or humid outside, you'll definitely want to drink more water. If you're really sick and you're vomiting, you're body is losing a lot of fluids so you'll need to rehydrate. Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding need to drink more water than the average woman. And athletes and people who exercise lose water through sweat so they need to stay hydrated.
If you feel thirsty, then that means you're already dehydrated. You should drink water, but just don't drink too much because that can kill you. Pretty scary, huh?
One weird but great way to know if you're drinking enough water is to check the color of your urine. If your urine looks like the color of lemonade, then you're doing great. If the color is darker, it just means you need to drink more water. If your urine takes on a brownish color, you need to see a doctor. It may mean that there is blood in your urine or that you have kidney disease.
Also, some foods may temporarily change the color of your urine. According MedlinePlus, some medication, blackberries beets and artificial food coloring can change the color of your urine. Supplements and vitamins can cause your urine to turn bright yellow, which might make you think your dehydrated. Don't worry if you know you've drank the suggested amount of water.
Do you drink enough water? Do you have any tricks for incorporating more water into your diet?