Most of us understand that staying hydrated is an important part of a healthy lifestyle,
but what does water really do for our bodies?
Water is essential for human life – we can survive only a few days without it. You are actually losing water all day through your breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements. Caffeine and alcohol can act as diuretics, resulting in the
need to drink even more water because they often induce fluid loss. Other factors that influence water needs are: exercise, weather, illnesses or heath conditions, and pregnancy or breast-feeding.
How much water do I need?
Did you know that water makes up more than HALF of your body weight? Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. So, how much water do you really need? Though not an exact science, drinking around 8 glasses per day is widely suggested because it’s both safe and easy to remember.
You can also take your body weight in pounds and divide by 2. This is a good estimate of the amount of water in ounces you should be drinking each day.
140 pounds/2 = 70 ounces
70 ounces/8 = 8.75 cups
For more information on the benefits of hydration, click HERE.
Let's Get Started
Our challenge this month to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Click HERE to download your water log and start recording your water consumption.
Add up and record your total ounces from the month on June 30th.
Submit your log to Allison.Kerin@ttuhsc.edu by July 6th to receive credit for completing this challenge.
* This challenge does count as a wellness challenge/event needed to earn 8 hours of time off!
Not a Fan of Water?
Here are some recipes for Fruit Infused Waters that will add flavor, not calories, to your water.
Great tasting and high in antioxidants
Immune system booster. (*Make sure you mash the kiwi first.)
Good source of Vitamin C and aides in digestion.
We're here to help. Contact us if you have questions.
Allison Kerin MS, RDN, LD
(806) 743- 6462