Water, water everywhere – but how much should I drink? There are numerous different ways to calculate what your necessary intake of water should be. Is any one of them correct or absolutely wrong? Not really. Does that calculation know how much activity you are doing? Does it now how hydrated you are when you begin? With that being said, let us take a look at a couple things.
Everyone one of us is different, and in many different ways. The lingering hydration question will bring up a few things to consider. Some people perspire more than others no matter if they are doing the exact same amount of activity as others, which creates a different need of hydration. Medical conditions that one might have will require different amounts to help with the operation and normal functions of the organs. Medications also can be considered diuretics, which cause the body to lose more fluids.
Thirsty? You must be needing a drink. Well this does mean that, but it also means that you are dehydrated. Some people sit and drink water, and then there are some that just despise the taste, so they have a lower thirst tolerance. Does this mean they will get dehydrated faster? Just depends on who they are and how their body is made.
The best indicator of dehydration? Your urine. Yes, your urine. If it is transparent or pale in color, congratulations – you are properly hydrated. If it is dark in color, wash your hands and grab a drink.
So, no matter what form of calculation you use to figure your consumption, you check how well it is working by taking a look at your natural indicator.