NAPS 2 B Fit Tip: Hydration

Sunday, August 13, 2017 • Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972

I am often asked how much water someone should be drinking on a daily basis. This question comes up even more often during the warmer months.

The quick, easy, non-personalized, general suggestion is to drink half your weight in ounces. For example, a 200 pound person aims for 100 ounces of water daily.

There are other considerations, such as, high water content foods will add hydration. It is debatable whether coffee, tea and other caffeinated items counter the hydration. Your activity level and sweat rate are also other considerations which come into play. (Haha, pun intended.)

Therefore, you still need to listen to your body: drink water when thirsty, aim for half your weight in ounces; but, do not force yourself by drinking so much that you feel uncomfortable, to avoid disrupting your natural electrolyte balance.

Thank you.