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Water Intake: How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?

Drinking water is one of six ways that you can lose weight and feel amazing. Water is the number one deficiency in the American population. Isn’t that unbelievable? That’s crazy to me because I carry around this ginormous jug to make sure I get all my water in every day. This is because it’s so important to me to have the energy for my kids and feel good.

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day

Health Problems from Water Deficiency

What I want to explain are the ailments that the lack of water causes. It will blow your mind. It still does for me to this day. We’re talking migraine, headache, colitis, fibromyalgia, cramping, constipation, joint pain, heartburn even. These are symptoms of dehydration. This is a way of your body signaling you to tell you: “hey, I’m thirsty.” Before we reach for medication for a headache, a stomachache, or ailment, consider this. Try to drink a couple of glasses of water. Usually, the symptoms will go away.

Determining What Your Water Intake Should Be

Now let’s talk about how to know how much water to drink. Everyone’s like, “oh drink a bunch of water all day.” Well, okay, how much?

Take your weight and divide it by two. That gives you the number of ounces that your body needs per day.

I do the same thing for my kids. But we do it in sips. Starting with sips is a good, quick, easy way to get yourself going on paying attention to the water you drink. So, first thing in the morning, do 20 sips. That gets the day going.

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day: Based on Diuretic Drinks

The best thing you could do to start your day is to drink a glass of water. Again, take your weight and divide it by two. Then say to yourself, “how many diuretics do I drink?” This means coffee, tea, juice, energy drinks which I love so much. They’re so good. But, I don’t drink many of them anymore. This is because every time you drink one you have to add another 12 to 16 ounces of water per eight ounces of a diuretic. That’s a lot of water, right? And that is already enough for me.

I try to go off of water and proper eating to fuel my energy instead of doing so much of the energy drinks. Remember that this is one of the six ways that you can help yourself to lose weight and feel good.

Jen Fisher

Jen is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and NESTA certified personal trainer. Her goal is to help others love themselves. She believes the story we tell ourselves in our minds holds us back. For example, for many years she told herself she wasn’t smart enough to make it through school to be a nutritionist. She thought she couldn't do a fitness competition because she had kids (and no time). Our minds are powerful and Jen wants to help everyone break through that roadblock to achieve their personal health and fitness goals.

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