Half a gallon-ish a day will keep the doctors away.


Let’s talk H20! I often preach over on the gram the importance of water intake. But, I never go into WHY it’s so important. Other than maintaining weight and bloat, nearly all of the major systems in your body depend on water.


Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body's temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body…(wait for the dreaded word)…moist. I KNOW! “moist” an awful word. But, in this case, a necessity description. Think about it - when your eyes, nose, or mouth get dry, it gets uncomfortable and can lead to complications such as cracked and chapped lips, a bloody nose or painfully red eyes. Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints. Which comes in handy when doing sweat-worthy workouts.


There are many different opinions on how much water you should be drinking every day. But it all really depends on a few main things. And, drinking the right amount of water daily can actually speed up your metabolic rate and help to curb overeating when your body has confused hunger and thirst. But exactly how much water is enough? Here are three components to successfully calculating how much water you should drink in a day for both health and weight loss benefits:


1.     Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink every day is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink.


2.     Multiply by 2/3: Next, you want to multiple your weight by 2/3 to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 130 pounds you would multiple that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 87 ounces of water every day.


3.     Activity Level: Finally, you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out, since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes that you work out. So, if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.


Having trouble getting your water down? Try Infusing your water with flavor. Infusing your water with fruit can make it much easier to reach your daily goal. Try adding cucumber, strawberries, lemons or limes, to create yummy flavorful water. Also, unsweetened tea and black coffee are other ways to help keep you hydrated and healthy.


If you're not sure about your hydration level, look at your urine. If it's clear, thumbs up! You’ve reached your daily goal. If it's dark, chug-a-lug!

Ashley Conneely