How Much Water Should I Drink?

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to your health is how much water you should drink to stay hydrated. 

 You've likely been taught that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy, and this can be true... but, when you try to drink that much you pee all the time!

Why is this? 

One reason could be that your diet consists of fruits and vegetables that have water content in them. This contributes to your overall fluid intake and is additional to the recommended 64oz. (It's not the exact same as water, but it does pretty much the same thing to hydrate your body.)  

So, if you're eating raw fruits and vegetables, you're getting hydrated and may not need to drink as much water.

Second, and most commonly, you're probably drinking water too fast! 

 Yep... that's a thing.

Here's the science bit:

Your body can absorb about 1oz of fluid every 15 minutes. (1oz is approximately a shot glass.) That equates to 4oz/hour, which is 1/2 cup. 

So, if you're chugging your water down, and then not drinking for a few hours, you're likely dehydrated because your body isn't able to use all the water you're giving it and, you'll likely have to pee more often because your body can't absorb all that liquid at once!  

Your body doesn't have a "storage facility" for the water it doesn't need yet, so if it can't be absorbed then and there, guess where it goes... Yep, your bladder! Sending you straight to the bathroom...

So, what can you do?

Spread out your water intake.

If you spread out your water intake according to the absorption rate of your body, you can drink 64oz in 16 hours and be hydrated without peeing all the time.  

So if you find yourself rushing to the bathroom, having frequent urges to pee, or are feeling dehydrated, start to spread out your water intake and you'll likely notice a huge difference. 

Take home point: Take a "shot" of water every 15 minutes or so. You'll be surprised as to how much water you can drink without having the annoying bladder issues. 🥳  

Give it a go!

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