At this point in time, the vast majority of the population is already aware of the importance of drinking water and keeping the body properly hydrated. Besides improving several aspects of our health, drinking enough water also keeps our mental ability sharp, and it has a huge positive impact on our overall performance. The question you have to make is: “Am I doing everything I can to keep my fluid levels within optimal values?” Because even if you are making an effort to do so, you might be doing it the wrong way.
These are some hydration mistakes you’re likely making (and it includes habits that you might think are helping you stay hydrated but actually do the exact opposite)!
1. Drinking the “recommended” 8 glasses of water every day
Eight glasses of water a day keeps the doctor away. Or at least that’s what they say. But maybe that’s not enough for you. So, how much water should you drink per day, you ask? To be honest, it’s different from person to person, depending on their metabolism. Each one of us has different needs according to our physical characteristics and lifestyle. It’s impossible to give a specific value for everyone. With that being said, it’s fair to say that eight glasses a day is a good estimate for most people (and most of all, it’s easy to remember), which is probably why most health experts recommend it. On the other hand, the U. S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends 11.5 cups (or 2.7 liters) a day for women and 15.5 cups (or 3.7 liters) a day for men. This includes all types of fluids: water, other beverages, and even that found in food. Since eight glasses of water is just under 2 liters, you can see a considerable discrepancy here. So, if you stick with the eight glasses rule and you don’t drink any other fluids during the day, you might be drinking less fluids than you should. It’s time to reconsider your fluid intake and consider factors such as weight, diet, health conditions, environmental factors, and how active you are.
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