How Much Water Should You Drink?
There’s nothing quite like cracking open an ice-cold beer at the end of a long, hot summer day. The cool, dewy can in your hand, those crisp, golden suds hitting your parched mouth for that first glorious sip … are you drooling yet?
Now that summer is officially here, you’ve no doubt got plans to escape to your favourite lake, beach, or buddy’s backyard for some much-needed sunshine. But instead of waking up the next day with a hangover, we have the perfect solution to keep you cooler than Steve McQueen on a Roadster: water.
Why Water Matters
You may laugh, but staying hydrated is no joke. Hydration lets your body control its temperature, keeps your bowels regular, carries nutrients throughout your body, and even cushions your organs and joints.
When you sweat and go to the bathroom, your body loses water. If you lose more fluid than you take in, you can get dehydrated. That’s not only the cause of dry mouth, it can also impact your blood pressure, give you a terrible headache (think hangover), and in extreme cases, shut down your vital organs!
How much water should I drink?
How much fluid you need every day depends on your age and activity level, and hot and humid summer weather can definitely increase your needs. To keep your body hydrated, Dietitians Canada recommends that men aim for a fluid intake of about 3 litres, or 6 large glasses of water every day.
If those summer beers are still calling, take a tip from our National Champion and CFL legend Shea Emry: try alternating beer with water for every other drink: beer, water, beer, water … you get the idea. Life is all about balance, right?