We’ve all heard that you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day. It’s drilled into our heads from a young age, just like the food pyramid, that this is the cardinal rule of drinking water.
I’m sure you’ve also found yourself questioning this fact. Do I really have to drink 8 glasses? It can seem like a complete chore to do. 8 glasses seems like an awful lot of water to get down in one day if you aren’t a camel (Camels can drink 53 gallons in 3 minutes if you’re curious).
What’s the real amount you should be drinking to keep your skin healthy?
Before we answer that, it’s important to get a perspective on what water does for your body.
How does water affect your body?
The human body is made up of 60% water and is vital for many of the functions your body performs on a daily basis. Those functions include:
- Delivering oxygen
- Lubricate joints
- Hydrate the skin
- Regulate body temperature
- Maintain blood pressure
- Aid in weight loss
Staying properly hydrated is extremely important to keeping the body running, but most importantly, to keep your skin looking healthy and supple. Without hydration, your skin becomes dry and sallow, and lacks a natural glow.
Think about it this way: Humans can go about 3 weeks without food, but only a max of 1 week without water. This demonstrates just how important water is.
So, how much water do you need?
Unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer and is instead based on a few individual factors: Weight and activity level.
To calculate based on weight, you can use the steps below:
- Take your weight in pounds and divide by 2.2.
- Multiply based on your age:
- <30 - multiply by 40
- 30-55 - multiply by 35
- >55 - multiply by 30
- Divide by 28.3
This number is the amount of ounces you should drink. To change to cups, divide your number by 8.
Your activity level can also play a roll. When working out, you lose water through sweat. It’s important to keep hydrated so your muscles don’t tense up.
For every 40-60 minutes of exercise, you should drink at least 40 ounces of water to offset the amount your body is using.
Maybe this still sounds like a lot. Keep in mind that these are suggestions for how much you should have. The bottom line is drink when you’re thirsty and stop when you’re satisfied.
Your body is designed to signal when it needs water. Listen to your body and your skin. It will give you the signal.
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