The summer heat is here, right on time for National Hydration Day (June 23). Water is essential for human life. Did you know it accounts for 50-70% of your body weight and is crucial for most bodily functions? For some, drinking water throughout the day can be difficult. We forget to carry a water bottle with us or opt for a different choice of drink. However, doing so can be detrimental to your health and cause fatigue, headaches, mental and physical decline and negatively affect your motor coordination.

Many people have heard that they need to drink eight cups of water a day to stay hydrated. But, this is not necessarily the case for everyone. To calculate the minimum amount of water that your body needs a day (in oz), take your body weight in pounds (lbs)  and divide it in half to get the amount of water you should drink daily in ounces. For example, if someone weighs 120lbs, they would need to drink a MINIMUM of 60oz a day. It’s important to note that this doesn’t take into account if you are outside in the heat, exercising, or have increased fluid demand.

There are many benefits to drinking water:

  • Lubricates the joints
  • Delivers oxygen throughout the body
  • Boosts skin health and beauty
  • Cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
  • Helps regulate body temperature
  • The digestive system depends on it
  • Flushes body waste
  • Helps maintain blood pressure
  • Prevents kidney damage
  • Boosts performance during exercise
  • Can assist with weight loss

If you already drink your recommended amount of water throughout the day, you’re on the right track. If not, hopefully these benefits can convince you to drink more water every day. Listen to your body and if you’re already thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Fill up those water bottles and hydrate!