This interactive tool is designed to help individuals meet their personal hydration needs. Adequate hydration is important for all individuals, and water is an excellent choice for consumers who enjoy its refreshing taste, or wish to avoid or moderate calories, caffeine, sugar or the various ingredients found in other beverages.
The amount of water you need to be adequately hydrated varies depending on your temperature, weight, level and duration of exercise, and many other factors. We offer this handy tool that will calculate a recommended water intake guideline that is tailored to your individual needs. Remember, this is only an estimate.
Living Healthy With Water
Are you drinking enough water? Determining how much water you should drink each day depends upon your body type, health, how active you are and where you live.
There are many benefits to staying hydrated by drinking water.
- Heartburn - At least 30 percent of indigestion is a result of dehydration. The body requires copious amounts of water - up to one quart - to digest an average meal.
- Dry Skin - As many doctors will tell you, the cure for dry skin may be as simple as eight glasses of water per day.
- Dieting - Before you eat, drink a glass of water. This will act as an appetite suppressant and help you lose weight.
- Headaches - To prevent a headache, drink water frequently. Dehydration has been found to play a major role in the precipitation of headaches, especially migraines.
- Regularity - Constipation is frequently a result of dehydration. Thus, water is nature's safest, most natural laxative.
- Fluid Replenishment - Only water is an efficient replacement for water. Coffee, tea, cola, and alcoholic beverages have a diuretic effect that can actually impede your body from absorbing water. Drinking 5 cups of coffee per day is enough to increase urinary flow by 40 percent, frequently producing a negative water balance.
- Athletic Performance - Water is critical to aerobic output and endurance. A 2 percent loss of body water can produce a 20 percent decrease in physical performance.
- Sore Muscles - Eight ounces of water per 15 minutes of exercise is key to preventing sore muscles after exercise.
- Chlolesterol Control - Doctors believe that an increase in water consumption can have a positive effect on cholesterol formation.
- Mental Concentration - Water is an important element in mental awareness. A water deficit of only one quart will substantially reduce one's ability to concentrate.
- Pre-natal Health - Pregnancy requires up to two extra glasses of water per day. Water comprises about 97 percent of the body weight of an early embryo and about 80 percent of the body weight of a newborn baby.
- Joint Pain - Most joint pain may result merely from insufficient water consumption. Since water is the primary lubricant for the contact surfaces of the joints, friction caused by lack of water can produce symptoms that are remarkably similar to that of arthritis inflammation.
Signs and Symptoms of dehydration:
- Mild to excessive thirst
- Dry Mouth and/or skin
- Dizziness, nausea and/or headache
- Muscle Weakness
- Darkened, little, or no urination
- Increased body temperature
- Labored breathing
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