Got water? Most of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. It is best to drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. If you only drink when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated so stay on top of your thirst.
Ever wonder when you should drink water? Since not all time is created equal, here are the optimal times to drink water:
Drink water before a meal – This will help you feel fuller and prepare the stomach for the meal you’re about to eat.
Drink water when you feel hungry – People often think that they are hungry when in reality, they are thirsty. Drink some water before taking a snack. You might not need that snack at all!
Drink more when ill or exposed to illness – Drinking water when exposed to illness helps flush out germs and viruses. It’s good practice to drink before and after going out in public when exposed to illness.
Drink cold water when you’re tired – If you’re tired and napping isn’t an option, try a glass of cold water. It will wake up your body and keep you alert.
Drink more when you exercise – It’s critical to stay hydrated when exercising so shoot for an extra 16 oz of water for a 30-60 minute workout.
If you’re like most people and are concerned about getting up during the night, stop drinking fluids at least two hours before bedtime and use the restroom right before going to bed.
“How much water should I drink” you ask? Great question. Many argue that you should drink half your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day. Many experts, however, say that you should drink eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. You’ll need more water if you live in a hot or humid climate, are pregnant or nursing, and/or exercise regularly. Use this as a guideline and listen to your body. It’s always “talking” to you.