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Proper hydration: What is the right amount of water?

Updated: May 31, 2020

There are insurmountable articles out there on what the right amount of water intake is proper. Some argue 8 cups a day, others argue that is wrong and that you don’t need that much. Technically, both are incorrect as there is no cookie cutter answer here which is proper for everyone. What a small framed office worker who does not exercise which is living in the northeast during the winter may need is not the same for a 300 pound linebacker during summer training in Arizona. There are multiple factors to consider when determining water intake, some include climate zone, temperature, activity level and size.

The easiest way to figure out if you are drinking enough water or too much, is take the good ‘ol pee test. The next time you go to the bathroom, check out the color of your urine. If the color resembles Dejon mustard, then you need to drink up. However, if it is completely clear, then you can back off a little. A very light yellow color would be best. In addition to this, I recently had a physician tell me that besides the color, one should be going to the bathroom about every 2 hours on average.

The proper water intake is important for your health and even for weight loss so pay attention to your urine color to make sure you are taking in the right amount for you.

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