The answer for most of us is probably no. But the good news is that drinking more water can have a number of positive health benefits, and it’s a great new month’s resolution that you can easily stick to.
Before you hit the road to better hydration, here are a few water consumption facts that we’ve put together with the help of our friends at “A Healthier Michigan.”
How much water should I be drinking?
While this is a matter of some medical debate, a good goal for improving your daily water intake is to aim for eight, 8-ounce glasses per day. Other medical experts recommend drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water each day.
Maintaining proper hydration is especially important around this time of the year. Getting your daily-recommended amount of water every day can help keep your immune system running in tip-top shape.
How can you tell if you’re not drinking enough water?
When you start to feel thirsty, dehydration has already started. Dehydration can also cause fatigue, headaches, sleepiness and lack of concentration. Don’t wait for the symptoms to set in before you grab a glass of water. Instead, drink a glass during every meal (and a few more in between).