(WHTM) — January is the time for many of us, including myself, to change our lifestyle and try to get healthier. One thing I’ve started doing is drinking much more water than I normally do.
But is too much water bad? And are there really any benefits to drinking a gallon of water every day?
According to Duquesne University, everyone is different in how much water they need to drink. According to the Mayo Clinic, a man needs about 15.5 cups, or 3.7 liters of water a day, while a woman needs 11.5 cups, or 2.7 liters of water a day.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most people get up to 20% of their water intake from food and the rest from drinking water.
Here are some of the benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day.
Water provides an energy boost
When you’re starting to feel sluggish, the best thing you can do for your body is water, not coffee or a can of soda. Drinking a gallon of water a day can keep your energy steady throughout the day
Water may improve your skin.
A lack of moisture can cause your skin to crack and become flaky. Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin smooth and nourished.
Water Balances Your Fluids
According to Duquesne, the brain “thirsts” when it doesn’t get enough water. The body fluids that aid blood circulation and nutrient consumption are out of balance. Drinking a gallon of water can help you find balance.
Now that you know a few things about how water can help your body, how can you make sure you increase your water intake? Duquesne has some answers.
- Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water on every bathroom break to replenish the fluids you’ve just lost.
- Make sure to drink water before each meal. This will help curb your appetite and prevent overeating.
- Make sure you always have a big water bottle with you, especially when heading to the office each day (this is what I do before heading to the office!)