When I was younger, my mom used to tell me to drink water EVERY time I wasn’t feeling well (like it was this cure-all). It became kind of this joke we would tease her about it, and it’s one of my favorite memories of her. Turns out, there’s actually some truth to it.
Dehydration is more common thank you think. And Even just a small amount of dehydration (~2%) can decrease performance levels. It can also cause sodium retention, lower blood pressure, water retention, decrease your blood flow and increase your heart rate. For me, I also get some killer headaches and feel lethargic. That’s why you’ll find a water bottle glued to my hand all day.
There is no specific formula for water intake as it will depend on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live. A good starting point would be to drink half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. Then you would need to add more if you are active, live in a hot climate or and/or if you are pregnant. ⠀⠀
When was the last time you had a tall glass of water today? Drink up friends!