A Quick Guide for Getting the Best Hydration No Matter Where You Are
Water is one of the most plentiful, critical, and essential elements on our planet. And when it comes to human beings, it plays a vital role in our lives. Humans are made up of 70% water; our blood alone is 90% water. And it aids in all kinds of functions like:
- Skin health and growth
- Regulating body temperature
- Keeping the digestive system running
- Flushing body waste
- Aiding the respiratory system in functioning
- Boosting performance during exercise
- Weight loss
And hundreds of other things. Oh, and it also quenches thirst. Speaking of which, for something so fundamental, there are many ways that human beings are accustomed to getting water. A hundred years ago, you might have drawn it from a well or hauled it from a river, stream, or lake.
But today, there are massive companies whose principal product is water. And there are countless ways to spruce up your water, from minerals to fruits to additives to carbonation; there are LOTS of ways to get water.
But which ones are really the best? And are any kinds of water bad for you? All the details you need to get the very best hydration are below.
Let’s start with a few actual numbers.
First and foremost, how much water should you be drinking a day? Here’s a simple formula for figuring that out:
Half your body weight = Ounces of water you should be drinking a day.
So, if you weigh 120 pounds, you need to be drinking about 60 ounces of water each day to stay healthy and hydrated.
This number assumes you’re not drinking any caffeine (for which you lose about sixteen ounces of water per cup of coffee) or alcohol (for which you lose about 32 ounces of water for each 12-ounce beer you drink). If you’re drinking coffee or alcohol, you need to factor that into your water intake for the day.
HYDRATION FOR STAYING IN
Okay, so you’re going to be at home. How do you get the best hydration?
Well, first and foremost, remember that there are multiple ways to get the fluids you need each day. Good old-fashioned water, of course. But some fruits (such as melons, peaches, and pineapple) and vegetables (such as cucumber, lettuce, and kale) also carry lots of water in them.
But let’s say you’re just sticking with water. Here are some dos and don’ts:
- Don’t use syrups, sugars, water enhancers (like Mio or Crystal Light), or other additives
- Don’t drink ONLY distilled water, especially if pregnant or undergoing cancer treatment
- Don’t waste water by emptying a half-drunk glass. Find a plant or patch of grass to water.
The bottom line for water at home is to develop a system to keep your water intake consistent throughout the day. Home is where you have access to the cleanest, freshest, and most readily available water – take advantage of it.
HYDRATION WHEN GOING OUT
The best way to stay hydrated when going out is to bring it with you. If you’re going to be out of the house for more than an hour, filling up a water bottle and bring it with you ensures that you’re not going to go without that all-important hydration.
Glass and steel are the two materials we recommend for water bottles. PlatformHealth’s very own Infusion Water Bottle is a combination of the two.
We would highly recommend people stay away from plastic bottles, and of course, disposable plastic should be a “last resort” option. As in LAST resort. Here are a handful of reasons why you shouldn’t drink from disposable plastic water bottles:
- When combined with UV rays, many plastic bottles leach harmful chemicals into the water
- Less than 1% of plastic water bottles are recycled more than once. Meaning most plastic ends up in the trash, severely harming the environment.
- When plastic wears down, it allows small cracks that can harbor bacteria.
- It’s expensive – for the cost of a higher-end disposable water bottle, you can get about 2000 gallons of tap water.
Long story short, if you’re really in a desperate situation, drinking water from a disposable plastic bottle is understandable. But unless you’re in a near-catastrophe situation, you should avoid disposable water bottles like the plague.
Back to water when you’re out: if you’re going out to a restaurant, choosing flat or sparkling water is a recommended substitute for sugary drinks, lemonade, sodas, and alcohol. If you’re anything like us, you become a little more forgetful when you’re on the go. So ordering water at restaurants or bringing your own water with you can be a helpful reminder to keep hydrating.
Regardless of where you are and what you’re doing, getting the water you need remains paramount.
THE WATER LINE
Whether staying in or going out, we hope you take one salient point away from this piece: water is vital to your body. Without it, you cannot function. But there’s no reason that getting all the hydration you need should cause you any worry or stress.
Form a plan, find the kinds of water you like, and find ways to keep that water close at hand.
We think you’ll find that a well-hydrated you is also a happier, healthier you. For more information about hydration, or other ways to get hydrated (such as through our IV therapy), come see what we have to offer.
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