Do you suffer from muscle cramps or headaches often? Does your skin feel dry or do you battle constipation? These could all be signs of dehydration, along with many other symptoms. Many people aren’t getting the hydration their body needs to function properly. And, now is the perfect time to reconsider your water habits, as we begin fresh in the new year.
How do you start? First, we recommend finding out how much you should be drinking. Your needs can differ from others, based on activity level, weight, etc. This hydration calculator can help you figure out your exact recommendation. Once you know your goal, make sure you have a water bottle or cup that you use daily. Know exactly how much is in that cup, so you can correctly calculate how much you’re drinking each day. Do the math and figure out how many of those cups or bottles you need to drink in a day.
The next step is to monitor how much you drink for at least two days. Write down every time you have water or other beverages. Keeping a log of your beverages will show you if you’re getting enough hydration in a day. Water is of course the best way to hydrate, but many other beverages also count towards total intake. Just be careful of drinks that are loaded with sugars, since they can also put on the calories, which can lead to other health issues.
If you’re suffering from symptoms, you may want to talk with your doctor to make sure it’s nothing else. But, if it is from dehydration, it’s definitely time to up your water intake. Get to know your recommended daily intake, then take steps to ensure you’re getting enough water every day.