Hydration is crucial.

Your body weight divided by 2 = the amount of water in ounces to drink in a day at a minimum.

*Note the max anyone should drink is 100 ounces even if it is less than half of their body weight. A potential exception is a high performance elite athlete.

The brain can’t differentiate between thirst and hunger. Most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Often times when you feel the twinge of a hunger pain, the real issue may be your body looking for water.

To determine your hydration needs, take your body weight and divide it by 2. This is the minimum amount of ounces of water that you will need to drink DAILY in order to be optimally hydrated. For instance, a 100 lb. person needs to drink 50 ounces of water a day in order to keep their body well hydrated.

Our bodies are 60% water. We need water to help keep our cells fluid so that they can receive nutrients and perform many important tasks. This is crucial to cell and total body health.

*Also note: For every caffeinated drink that you consume you will need to drink an additional 1.5 times that amount in water. For example, if you consume an 8 ounce cup of coffee, you will need to add an additional 12 ounces (1.5 x 8 ounces) of water in addition to your daily intake to account for the dehydration that you get when drinking a diuretic such as a caffeinated beverage.

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