There is no perfect equation to how much water you should drink, but there are some general guidelines. The first, everyone needs at least 64 ounces of water each day. The more muscle you have, the more water you need. The more you work out and sweat, the more water you need. If you are really thirsty, you are on the verge of slight dehydration and need water. If your urine is yellow, drink more water.
See where I’m going with this? Drink water.
It’s a hard habit to make stick. There are more beverage choices than anything else. And they’re good. It makes it hard to choose water, but it really is your best choice for good health.
Take a look at the list below of acceptable beverages to see what you can drink each day besides water.
Mineral water is a great high alkaline choice that gives you a break from regular water.
Dilute your juice
Buy a high quality juice such as tart cherry, pomegranate, or raw apple juice, and dilute it to reduce calories from sugar. 1-2 ounces of juice per 12-16 ounces of water is a good rule of thumb to follow.
Choose wine over beer and liquor
If you like to have an alcoholic beverage on occasion, choose wine (red or white). That way you are at least getting some antioxidants with your alcohol. Limit yourself to 2-6 glasses a week.
Limit coffee to one or two cups a day
Coffee provides some great benefits such as anti-oxidants, but can be very acidic. Try and choose organic when possible, since coffee beans are one of the crops that are most sprayed with pesticides. Skip the high sugar lattes, and stick with regular coffee. If you wish, add some type of organic milk and a little stevia for flavor.
Tea is a great choice
There are many great choices for teas out there. Just make sure to brew your own. Don’t buy the one you see at the gas station. It has most likely been depleted of the antioxidants and catachins that make tea healthy. It also probably has added sugar. Stick to a nice brew of green, black, white, or yogi tea just to name a few.
Justin Grinnell B.S., CSCS is the owner of State of Fitness in East Lansing. He’s also a regular contributor to Healthy & Fit Magazine and has several columns and vidoes on the Healthy & Fit Magazine Web site. You can reach him at 517.708.8828 or mystateoffitness.com.