Higher Water Intake for Optimum Health

Higher Water Intake for Optimum Health

It has been said for many decades that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. The size of the glass was also to be the number 8 ounces. Well recently there has been quite a bit of discussion if that is correct and many medical groups and sports professional who will not agree on a specific amount per person. One discussion which makes sense is the fact that everyone is not the same size and the amount of physical activity is different, along with their eating habits. Determining the amounts of water or shall we say fluids are being made continuously by means of studying groups of individuals. The need for your fluid intake can be quite simple. Take you weight and divide by two the reminder will be how many ounces of fluid is needed on a daily basis. Any time the fluid contains caffeine you would only account for ½ the fluid. That is to say that a 6 ounce cup of coffee would only be 3 ounces of water due to the fact that caffeine tends to be a diuretic.

There is another need area of attention when it comes to fluids and that would be for people who work out in the heat because they are sweating fluids continuously and need more water to replenish the loss from sweating. The American Medical Association has determined that if you are outdoors and sweating you should drink enough water so that you will use the restroom every half hour. It is also advised to take salt tablets since the loss of salt is high when out in the heat.