Drinking water is essential for good health and injury prevention. Not only does water help your body lubricate and cushion your joints, it also protects your spinal cord. If you’re dehydrated, you face a greater risk for injury.
So how much water do you need to drink? That can depend on a few factors. If it’s hot outside, you need to drink more water than usual. If you’re exercising, you’ll need to drink 8 to 12 ounces before your workout and replenish when you’ve finished. You should also drink more water if you’re running a fever or having diarrhea and vomiting.
Here are five tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you drink more water:
- Carry a water bottle. You’re more likely to drink water if it’s readily available. Keep a bottle with you while you run errands or sit work.
- There’s something refreshing about ice cold water. If you want to enjoy ice-cold water all day long, look for water bottles that keep ice frozen. Some water bottles are also safe for freezing.
- Steer clear of sugar-sweetened beverages. Drink water instead. If you swap one 20-ounce drink of soda for water, you’ll cut back 240 calories. Encourage your kids to drink water instead of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Order water when eating out. You’ll save some money and cut empty calories.
- Try herbal tea to add some flavor to your water. Add a wedge of lime or lemon if you want. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.
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