How Much Water Do You Actually Need?
How much water should you be drinking each day? Shockingly, the answer is different for everyone.
A good guideline to follow is to aim for at least 8 large glasses of water a day, with a healthy diet. But just how everyone requires a different daily caloric intake, people require different levels of water intake a day to satisfy their bodies needs.
There are 3 factors to consider when determining how much water you need:
- Weight. A larger person is going to need more water than someone who is smaller. Take your weight and divide it in half – this is about how many ounces of water you should be drinking each day.
- Additional fluid intake. Most people drink more than just water throughout their days. Coffee, tea, or sports drinks can count towards your 8 glasses of water, but at least half of your daily intake should be just water.
- Physical activity. For every 30 minutes of exercise, you should drink an extra 10 oz of water.
Tips for drinking more water
If you’re not hitting your recommended daily water intake goal, here are a few tips to make it easier:
- Drink a glass of water before you brush your teeth. Keep a cup near your toothbrush or toothpaste to remind you.
- Fill a reusable water bottle and keep it with you throughout your day. If you struggle with drinking water because you’re used to drinking soda or other sweet drinks, try purchasing a water bottle with an infuser that will allow you to add fruit or veggies (like melons, berries, cucumbers, etc) for flavor.
- Treat water like an appetizer. Chug down a glass of water before each meal – this also has the added benefit of helping to ensure you don’t overeat, if weight is a factor in what’s causing your back pain.
Download one of the many apps designed to remind you to drink water throughout the day.
Water is an important part of keeping your body (including your spine and back) healthy. For help determining what’s causing your back and figuring out if you should be drinking more water, contact us for an appointment, today!