It may not officially be summer yet, but you can tell it’s right around the corner. The weather is starting to get warmer, and snow is (hopefully) a thing of the past. With the pandemic impacting our summer last year, you’ve probably been itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. But while the warmer weather is welcome, it also means you need to take care to ensure you’re staying hydrated. So why do you need to stay hydrated? Check out the benefits of hydration below.
How Much Water Should I Drink Per Day?
Most of us aren’t drinking enough water. Even if you’re drinking a full water bottle per day, you should be drinking more. Many factors determine how much water you should drink per day, including:
- Level of activity
While these factors do play a role in how much water you should drink, most experts agree that you should drink roughly 64 ounces per day, or about 8 cups.
Benefits of Hydration
Once you start drinking more water, you may notice some benefits.
When you’re dehydrated, you have less energy, which causes your body to work harder to maintain normal operations. Drinking more water prevents dehydration so you have more energy to use throughout the day. Hydration is especially important if you’re exercising, as it maintains your energy so you can keep going.
Aid in Weight Loss
Drinking more water may help you lose more weight, as it improves your energy and can boost your metabolism. A more active metabolism means you burn more calories, which can also help you lose weight. Drinking water before meals can also help you feel full faster, so you eat less during meals.
Regularly drinking water can do more than give you more energy and help you lose weight. It can also reduce your risk for a variety of health problems, including:
- Kidney stones
At ARC, we encourage you to stay hydrated all summer. If you have any questions, please contact us.