To get the ball rolling, I asked Rhyan a few pressing questions I had about drinking water. (I never knew I would *have* pressing questions about this topic, but here we are.)
1. What are some of the key benefits of drinking water?
Rhyan Geiger: There are many functions of water in the body; removing waste, regulating body temperature, protects important tissues (like the brain), preventing constipation, and protecting joints.
2. Is it safe to drink a gallon of water a day?
RH: Yes! Doing everyday activities like breathing or using the restroom creates fluid losses so it is important to replenish our losses. Water can be lost with these everyday activities and physical activity, even walking!
3. What are some side effects I may experience?
RH: Increased urinary frequency, lol! Adequate water intake can help promote healthy brain function and reduce headaches (1) and may help relieve constipation (2).
4. How much water should I *actually* be drinking every day?
RH: Each person has a different amount of water they should drink daily. For your needs, consuming 70oz each day would be the general recommendation. To easily find how much water is needed, take body weight in pounds and divide it by two. That will give you the amount of water in oz you should drink daily. Another good indicator of hydration status is urine color. Light yellow like lemonade or colorless is ideal.