Do you consume the correct amount of drinking water? Many of us have heard the idea that 8 glasses of water a day is what we all need. Perhaps one size doesn’t fit all?
Does a small person need as much as a tall or large person? If you eat foods naturally filled with water such as lettuce or fruits, do you still need as much water?
I just began a diet based on science, faith, and easy principles called Noom. The great thing about the program is it simplifies dieting by emphasizing knowledge and proper portions. They also have an app where you can log in your weight and foods while weighing yourself regularly. They also cover what your water needs are and how all your foods contribute to adequate hydration. Noom is worth trying if you want a guide to healthier eating habits rather than the yo-yo diets many people experience.
If you take in too much water, it can become toxic and result in hypernatremia. Recently, the NY Times discussed water in detail and is worth reading.
Here’s how to know when you truly need to hydrate.
By Christie Aschwanden Published Sept. 17, 2021
If you’ve spent any time on social media or visited an athletic event lately, you’ve surely been bombarded with encouragements to drink more water. Celebrity influencers lug around gallon-sized water bottles as the hot new accessory. Twitter bots constantly remind us to make more time to hydrate. Some reusable water bottles even come emblazoned with motivational phrases — “Remember your goal,” “Keep drinking,” “Almost finished” — to encourage more drinking throughout the day.
The purported benefits of excess water consumption are seemingly endless, from improved memory and mental health to increased energy to better complexion. “Stay hydrated” has become a new version of the old salutation, “Stay well.”