8 CUPS A DAY?
Summertime is here, and so is the need for more water. A hot, humid climate (like here in the Southeast) means increased sweating and risk for dehydration. How much water is enough? Most of us have heard of the “eight 8 ounce glasses/day” rule. While it is a good starting point, it is not sufficient for adults in the summer.
Ideal daily water intake: 0.5 oz per lb. of body weight
Ex: 140 lbs. *0.5 oz. = 70 oz. of H2O
If you are spending lots of time outside in the heat, exercising, (or both!), increase your intake to 0.75 oz. per pound of body weight.
Normal hydration helps ensure proper brain function, blood flow, and muscle smoothness. Drinking the proper amount of water for your body weight will help your muscles hold your adjustment!