July 13th, 2015
It’s amazing how much water is connected to your health. A lack of water can cause minor headaches and fatigue to full on dehydration. The benefits of drinking water are endless. After all, the human body is predominantly made up of water. In fact, fluoride, occurring naturally in foods and water, or added to the water supply, can be a powerful tool in fighting decay. It can reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60 percent.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. You can usually tell if you’re dehydrated by some telltale signs, like if your pee is yellow instead of clear, or if your muscles are cramping.
So how much should you drink a day? 8 glasses? Half a gallon? 3 Hydroflasks?
Here’s the truth: there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. It’s dependent on many different factors, like your age, height, weight, current health, environment, the weather...even your dog (not really). All complications aside, there is actually an easy and fairly accurate way to calculate what’s best for your own body.
The simple hydration equation
First, do a little math to figure out how much water your body needs at rest (like sitting in class, watching the new Minions movie, doing chores, etc.). This is the bare minimum requirement that your body needs to function. To find this, divide your body weight in half. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need 100 ounces of water per day if you weren’t doing anything strenuous.
If you’re going to go hiking, biking, swimming, play some soccer (shout out to the US Women’s National Team!), or anything active, especially in the sun and at high altitudes, recognize that you’re going to need to drink much more than those 100 ounces.
There’s no clear-cut answer for how much water you should drink. But let’s be honest, most of us can probably stand to be drinking a little more each day, especially in these hot summer months. It’s all a part of being our healthiest, happiest selves! Give us a call at 541-848-6642 if you want to know more about how drinking water affects your dental health.