Henderson NV Chiropractic Water Information

The Importance of Water: How Much & When

If you’ve ever been to my office you will quickly find out that we push water on our patients. Spend a little bit more time and you will find out why. The truth is that a lack of water, and dehydration in general, can cause a wide variety of ailments. In addition to drinking plenty of water, you should also be aware of when the best time to drink it during the course of your day.

But First the Why

You know that you are suppose to drink plenty of water, eight glasses a day is the rule of thumb, but do you really know why? Your body is made up mostly of water, on average about 58% to be precise. This number can vary based on weight, fitness level, age, and several other factors. You require water in all of your cells, and because you lose water through daily activities, from breathing to digestion, you must replenish your supply to maintain normal bodily functions.

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

The eight glasses a day rule has long since been established, and is a good start, as it is unlikely that you will ever need less than this much water. However, there are more precise ways of know exactly how many ounces of the fluid you should consume within a 24 hour period. First you must know your body weight and then multiply this number by half to see how many ounces you should drink minimum daily. For instance if you weight 150 pounds, you will want to consume at least 75 ounces of water daily.

Once you have your baseline of water needs established, you should add to it one glass for each of the following activities: each caffeinated beverage you drink, each alcoholic beverage you drink, and every 30 minutes you work out.

Now For the When

Let’s assume you weigh 150 pounds, drink a cup of coffee in the morning and work out 45 minutes a day. The total ounces of water you will want to consume daily would be 105. But when do you consume these? Certainly not at once. You want to pace your water throughout the day, but there are certain times of day you will want to consume water as well.

When you wake up: Drink two full glasses of water when you wake up in the morning. This will help to aid in digestion, waking up your internal organs and flushing toxins from your system.

Before each meal: A full glass of water 30 minutes before each meal will help you to better digest the food you eat, and it will help you to feel fuller with more ease.

Before you take a hot shower or bath: Drinking a glass of water within 30 minutes of submerging into hot water will keep your blood pressure more stable, preventing it from spiking.

Before bed: An hour before bed is the ideal time to drink more water. Helping your body to flush toxins before having a sound rest.