Why should you drink more water?

Water is one of the most important components in your body. It makes up roughly 50–70% of your total weight. This valuable liquid allows your body to:

  • Remove waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
  • Cushion and grease joints
  • Protect sensitive tissues
  • Stimulate metabolism to encourage fat burn
How much water should you drink?

The amount of water an individual should be drinking depends on a few factors like pregnancy, weight, activity level, and environment. There are some guidelines to estimate how much water you should intake, but there is no exact number that is perfect. It is best to think of your hydration as “your body will get rid of if it does not need it.”

For the average, healthy adult to estimate your daily fluid needs:
How do you know if you’re drinking enough water?
  • You rarely feel thirsty
  • Your urine is colorless or light yellow
  • Pinch the skin on the back of your hand. It should snap back right away.
Tips for drinking more water
  • Tie it into a routine like brushing your teeth.
  • Challenge a coworker to a weekly contest.
  • Carry a refillable bottle with you while on the move.
  • Flavor it with fruit or other non-sugar additives.
If you have questions about your individual fluid needs or are concerned about being dehydrated, contact your Proactive MD Health Center.