We have all heard about the benefits of drinking water over and over and over again….better skin, weight loss, improved metabolism, better muscle health, the list goes on. But let’s be serious, water can be rather boring. Especially if you multiply that boring drink by the recommended 8-10 glasses each day! If we made our water a bit more interesting, perhaps we would drink more and be able to reap its benefits.
The first step to drinking enough water is determining how much we should get each day. There are many different methods to calculate this, but it’s important to know there isn’t necessarily a golden standard to follow. Each person’s needs vary depending on their sex, activity levels, even the temperature outside. To get yourself in the ballpark, there is a simple equation for adults that may be helpful. Aim to get half of your body weight in fluids. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, simply divide by 2 to estimate your daily fluid needs in ounces. Dividing that number by eight will give you an estimate to how many cups you should be drinking each day, rounding up to the nearest full cup.