We have always heard that we need to drink enough water, but what exactly does that mean? How much water is enough water? Is there such a thing as too much water? What exactly happens when we, or worse our kids, don't get enough? Let's answer some of these questions.
Why do we need so much water?
Our body weight is made up of 60% water. It is our bodies principal chemical component.
Every system in your body depends on water. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Dehydration is a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
If you exercise either moderately or intensely... Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide users we are talking to you! You will need to make sure you are getting enough water.
If you're sick, breastfeeding or pregnant you will want to watch your water intake as well. Make sure you are getting enough.
How much is enough?
One rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it by 2... That is how many fluid oz. of water you sou;ld be drinking.
For example, if you weigh 130lbs you should be drinking 65 oz. of water a day.
That seems easy enough, but most people just don't do it. We don't think we drink as much as we are supposed to be. We love water and actually usually order it as our drink when we go out... But 60-65 oz? Everyday? Unless we make the conscious decision to do it, I think most of us are a little off the mark.
Can you or your baby drink too much water?
I remember when I had my first son he was about 5 or 6 months old and it was a really hot day... I had a bottle of cold water for him to drink and someone said... "Don't give your baby too much water, it's bad for him."
Is this true? Well, not all nosey meddling strangers are wrong! It actually is true and here is what we pulled off BabyCenter.com
"In rare cases, a baby who drinks too much water can develop a condition known as water intoxication, which can cause seizures and even a coma. Water intoxication happens when too much water dilutes the concentration of sodium in the body, upsetting the electrolyte balance and causing tissues to swell.
Don't try to stretch formula by diluting it with water – carefully follow the package directions for making formula and use the recommended amount of water. Adding too much water to your baby's formula not only risks water intoxication, it means that your baby is taking in fewer nutrients than he needs.
Once your baby is 6 months old, it's okay to give him sips of water when he's thirsty. You still don't want to overdo it, though, or you might give him a tummy ache or make him too full to eat well. After his first birthday you can let him drink as much water as he likes."
BUSTED!! Lucky for me I had only put a few ounces in the bottle and everything ended up fine... Thank you stranger in the park 9 years ago!!
Starting your day off with water is the best thing you can do and it will actually set you up for a energetic, hydrated day. Its a great habit to start now for you and your kids. Once you make something a habit, you just do it everyday without thinking about it.
Dehydration can cause all sorts of nasty side effects... Like bad breath, muscle cramps, headaches, cravings for sugar, dry skin & wrinkles. Oh Hell No. Time to drink that water.