Karen's Corner July 2015
What's your water intake been like this summer?
I'm a water drinker, and I'm always encouraging people to do the same, but how much water is enough? That is a good question, and it varies from person to person. Drink too little and you can get the following symptoms:
Dry mouth, eyes or skin
Decrease in muscle mass
Staying sick longer
Digestive issues, constipation
Reduced urination that can lead to UTIs
Drink too much water and you can strain your kidneys and upset your electrolyte balance, leading to:
Decreased mental clarity
Decreased emotional well being
So, what's the right amount? A good place to start is to take your body weight in pounds, divide that number in half and drink that many ounces. For example, if you weighed 120lbs (I know, who is this example, anyway?) you would want to drink about 60oz of water. This number is appropriate for most average people, but for those who are very thin or overweight, as well as very active individuals, adjustments should be made.
Now that you know the symptoms of too little or too much water intake, keep an eye on your own body and see whether you're on track!