With Memorial Day coming up, we know it will be getting hot out. With increased temperatures, you should increase your water intake but by how much?
A recent article reviewed what medical and sports science experts had to say about that. They all seemed to agree that there is no specific amount of water all people should drink.
People should pay attention to two things to determine how much water to drink:
1. You do not feel thirsty.
2. Your urine is clear.
There are a few reasons people can reach those levels, including exercising, health concerns and the temperature.
We have some tips from the Center for Disease Control to help ensure you're drinking enough water.
- Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work of running errands.
- Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
- Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. For example, during the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
- Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.
In addition to drinking, you can get water from certain foods like cauliflower and eggplant, which are 92 percent water.
We hate to put a damper on things, but you can have too much of a good thing, even water. One nephrologist, which is a doctor who treats kidney health and kidney disease, cautioned about drinking too much water. “Excessive water intake can be dangerous, particularly in those with heart conditions,” said Karen Dwyer, nephrologist. “The kidney has a remarkable ability to concentrate water, so if you are ‘getting dry,’ the kidney will concentrate the urine and send a message to the brain to drink more.”
So play outside, enjoy the sun, but pay attention to your body. Drink your water and know when to say when.