How much water should you be drinking everyday?

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Everybody has heard that they should drink more water, 8 glasses a day to be exact. But did you know that you really should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day?  So for instance, if you’re 140 pounds; that would be 70 ounces of water.  That may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t.

A regular size bottle of water, like you see above, is about 17 ounces, that’s only 4 bottles a day, that shouldn’t be too difficult.  Why is it so important to drink water?  Because hydration cleanses the body of toxins, improves the immune system, increases energy and keeps skin looking healthy.

Americans are dehydrated most of the time and lack of fluids can be confused with hunger; hence why so many are overweight.  Water consumption is important; so much so that the First Lady Michelle Obama started a new initiative called ‘Drink Up’ that encourages Americans to drink more water.

So how can you be sure to get your personal amount of ounces consumed each day?  Here are 4 ways to help make it easier.

  1. Commit.  The first step, just like anything, is committing to do something because without that you’ll almost always fall short.  Make the commitment to drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning, yes before your coffee, and you’ll already be ¼ of the way to your daily requirement.
  2. Pack water to go.  Take it with you, bring water with you wherever you go and make a point while you’re away from home to drink your second and third bottles of daily required ounces.
  3. Drink seltzer.  If water bores you to tears, as it does me, substitute flavored seltzer.  Polar Seltzer triple berry or cranberry lime are delicious and contain no calories, sugar or salt.
  4. Drink tea.  Another form of water that also contain health benefits is tea, green or herbal caffeine free preferably.  You can’t ask more than getting your daily-required ounces of water in each day partnered with improving your health.

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