The human body is about two-thirds water. Staying hydrated is extremely important for the maintenance of healthy body function, but about 80% of people are chronically dehydrated without even knowing it. This is because the thirst signal shuts down after three weeks of not drinking enough water, so they don’t even know they’re thirsty! Besides, if you feel thirsty, it’s already too late to be proactive… your body needs water.
But how much should you drink? Here’s a simple equation to help you calculate how much water you should drink every day to stay hydrated:
(Your weight in pounds/20) x 1 cup (¼ litre)
Example: I weight about 180lbs.
180/20 = 9 cups (2.25 litres)
So, I need to drink at least 2.25 litres of water every day.
Remember, this provides a guideline for how much you need to drink each day if you aren’t active. Add at least one more litre to the result for every hour of cardiovascular exercise you do or are dehydrated and need to re-hydrate.
It’s also a good idea to add ½ teaspoon of salt to your water each day to avoid mineral depletion, which assist with a number of important body functions. This is especially true if you exercise. Himalayan pink salts are considered by many to be the best, because they contain exactly the same 84 minerals and trace elements as the human body.
Other Articles in this issue:
This is Your Health on Sitting
Your Body on Yoga: The Psoas
Take 5 – Make Time for this Quick Stretch: Standing Back Bend
Philosophy Byte: Namasté
Eat Well: Apple Muffins
Balance At Work News