Let’s face it: not many of us drink enough water.
We’ve all experienced feeling faint and dehydrated on the way home from work after drinking copious amounts of tea instead of the good, clear stuff.
Staying hydrated is essential for your body to function properly – especially in the summer heat. Water also helps clear out toxins, clear up skin and boost energy levels.
But, how much water are we really supposed to drink in a day?
While we all thought eight glasses was the agreed-on number, one US medical research centre claims to have settled on the perfect amount – and it’s more than we’ve all been guzzling.
Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic has stated that men should drink 13 glasses (3 litres) of water a day while women should drink nine (2.2 litres).
However, they stress that every person’s body is different so the amount may fluctuate between individuals.
If you’re looking to find your exact amount, a (slightly complicated) formula can help:
- First, take your weight in lbs and divide it by 2.2.
- Then multiply that number by your age.
- Next, divide that figure by 28.3.
The final total is how many ounces of water you should be drinking every day. To convert that into glasses, divide by eight. If that seems way too much work, simply sticking to the standard amount won’t do you any harm.
Aside from age and weight, there are a couple of other things to take into consideration.
If you’re a gym bunny, you’ll need to drink even more water to replace the liquid you’ll lose through sweat. Experts recommend drinking an extra 12 ounces (1.5 glasses) of water for every 30 minutes you spend exercising.
It seems like a lot to drink in a day, but a slight change in diet can reduce the amount you need to consume. Try eating foods with a high water content such as watermelon and cucumber.
And refrain from salty foods as they will cause your body to use up fluids in order to dilute the sodium consumed.