Water. Water is the foundation of our very existence, the lifeblood of our body. At least 60% of our body is composed of water. Every single living cell needs it to function. For most of us, we could only live 3-4 days without water. Now this is something that must of us know, but still ignore. And why? Because most of us do not like to drink water, and all the other options like soda, juice, coffee and tea well, just seem so much more exciting. In fact, I would say that almost all of the people I consult with do not drink enough water, and are in fact dehydrated. The simple act of increasing your water intake can drastically change how your body works and how you feel. It is the easiest health fix ever, but the problem is that most people still don’t know how much to drink. So let’s answer the questions of “how much water should I be drinking” once and for all.
How Much Water Should I be Drinking?
In simplest terms, you should be drinking half your weight in ounces of water daily. By water I mean just plain old water, not juice, not tea, not an energy drink.
This is the standard that you should live by, but there are certain conditions that might change this. Factors that will increase your need for extra water include exercising, living in a hot climate, and drinking dehydrating beverages. For example, if you consume dehydrating beverages like coffee, alcohol, soda or tea you will eliminate water more quickly. This will raise your need for more water.
In order to make up for drinking dehydrating beverages use the following calculation:
For every 1 cup of a dehydrating beverage (i.e coffee), increase daily total water intake by 1 cup, or 8 fluid ounces.
Calculate How Much Water you should Drink
To get you started on figuring out how much water you should be drinking daily, use this little calculation.
- Weight (lbs)/2 = total ounces of water consumed for day
Here are some basic examples:
- 110 lbs = 55 ounces of water a day
- 115 lbs = 57.5 ounces of water a day
- 120 lbs = 60 ounces of water a day
- 125 lbs = 62.5 ounces of water a day
- 130 lbs = 65 ounces of water a day
- 135 lbs = 67.5 ounces of water a day
- 140 lbs = 70 ounces of water a day
- 145 lbs = 72.5 ounces of water a day
- 150 lbs = 75 ounces of water a day
- 155 lbs = 77.5 ounces of water a day
- 160 lbs = 80 ounces of water a day
- 165 lbs = 82.5 ounces of water a day
- 170 lbs = 85 ounces of water a day
- 175 lbs = 87.5 ounces of water a day
- 180 lbs = 90 ounces of water a day
- 185 lbs = 92.5 ounces of water a day
- 190 lbs = 95 ounces of water a day
- 195 lbs = 97.5 ounces of water a day
- 200 lbs = 100 ounces of water a day
- 205 lbs = 102.7 ounces of water a day
- 210 lbs = 105 ounces of water a day
What does that looks like?
1 cup = 8 ounces
1 quart = about 33 ounces
1 gallon = about 133 ounces
1 LifeFactory glass bottle = 16 ounces
If you were 150 lbs, then you would drink 4.5 of these a day
If you were 190 lbs, then you would drink 6 of these a day
1 Nalgene = 32 ounces
If you were 130 lbs, then you would drink about 2 of these a day.
If you were 200 lbs, then you would drink about 3 of these a day.
1 gallon bottled water = 133 ounces
If you are around 135 lbs, then you should be drinking 1/2 of these a day
If you are 265 lbs, then you should be drinking 1 of these a day
I hope this helps to get you started! Drinking the right amount of water is so important to feeling your best, and for preventing future health problems. The simple act of staying truly hydrated can do so much! So much so the following list of disorders are improved by drinking water!
How much water should I be drinking? Start drinking the right amount and improve the following:
- coronary heart disease
- peptic ulcers
- low back pain
- intermittent claudication
- wrinkled, dull and dry skin
- migraine headache
- hangover headache
- colitis discomfort
- edema of unknown origin
- chronic fatigue syndrome
Water is the most underappreciated healing tool at our disposal. Let us use pure water as the foundation of health and wellness as it was intended to be.