Preventing the symptoms of dehydration requires you to drink the correct amount of water. So, how much water is that? Typically, it is half your body’s weight in ounces of water. This means that a 200 pound person needs to drink half of 200 which is 100 ounces of water daily to keep from being dehydrated.
It is important to focus on more than just preventing the symptoms of dehydration. Make it your goal to be properly hydrated. This means drinking an extra 20 ounces. Therefore, a 200 pound person should drink 100+20=120 ounces of water each day. If you are a person who tends to perspire a lot, such as an athlete, then you may need to add more than 20 ounces of extra water each day to be properly hydrated.
How Much Water Should I Drink A Day?
Wondering how much water you should drink a day? Use the chart below to find out. When increasing your water consider whether or not you may have health limitation that would make it unsafe for you to increase your water*. Also consider the benefits of increasing your water like lowering your high blood pressure. You may also want to think about why you don’t crave water, when to drink your water and what type of water you will drink.
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* Keep in mind that there are some medical conditions that may require that you be dehydrated. If you have one of those conditions or suspect that you have a condition that might be affected by increasing your water intake, then you should consult a qualified health professional before increasing the amount of water you drink.
** Some authorities have indicated that drinking more than 100 ounces a day can be harmful. As such, you may want to consult a qualified professional before increasing your water to more than 100 ounces a day.
Preventing the Symptoms of Dehydration: Protein Deficiency
Your brain uses broken down proteins, called amino acids, to signal thirst. If you do not have enough amino acids to signal thirst, you will not have a desire to drink water. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep your complete protein sources high enough to supply all the protein you need to allow your brain to signal thirst.