This is a question that we get asked a lot in the clinic. A simple rule of thumb is about half your body weight in ounces. It’s safe to say that most people probably aren’t drinking that much, and almost no one is drinking too much.
“Okay. But how do I actually do it?”
This might be the more important question. How do you make the change? Here are a few tips:
- Eat more vegetables. They’ve got water built in.
- Make your total consumption visible. Fill a large bottle or pitcher with your daily goal amount, and try to finish it all before the day is over. Something that holds 2 litres is a good place to start.
- Tie water to another habit. Making your morning coffee? Drink a glass of water. Having a glass of wine? Drink a glass of water. Taking a bathroom break? Drink a glass of water.
- Replace another beverage with water. Drink water instead of pop, alcohol, tea, coffee, juice or milk.