How much water should you drink?

Drinking water should be an important part of your day. Water assists with body temperatue regulation and provides nutrients to your organs and tissues. Mild dehydration can include joint and muscle pain, lower back pain, headaches and constipation. 

  • 20% of your water comes from the foods you ingest

  • 80% comes from beverages you drink 

How much water should you consume? Here's a quick way to estimate. Divide your weight in half for the amount of water you should drink. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you should drink at least 50 ounces of water or fluids a day. You should also consider your activity level and if you tend to be more physical, add a few more ounces. 

Although water is the best form of hydration, you can also consume sports drinks and juices. Take into consideration the nutritional content, such as calories, salt, and sugar level.