Hey, my name’s Sebastian and welcome to my blog. This blog is all about making sure that we all drink plenty of fluids.
To start off, we’ll go through some of the perks of drinking water.
- Keeps your temperature normal
- Lubricates and cushions joints
- Protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
- Gets rid of wastes
- Just feels great, you know?
So many people have heard the ole ‘drink 8 glasses of water a day’ rule to stay hydrated, and sure it’ll work just fine, but it’s really not the most accurate rule of thumb. Here is what we really need:
- Adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups of total beverages a day. For women is about 9 cups of total beverages a day.
- Another way to hit your ideal amount of water intake per day is taking your total body weight and dividing it by two(oz). So say you weigh 140lbs. You would need to drink 70 ounces of water a day.
I know what you’re thinking, “8 cups is already a lot, but now you’re asking me to drink more?!” Well yes and no. We should all drink that much, but it doesn’t mean it all has to come from a cup or bottle.
Here are a few great ways we can get plenty of fluids!
- Fruits are packed with water. Eating fruits like apples, oranges, strawberries, and watermelons are great, easy ways to stay hydrated.
- Some veggies are also packed with water. Good choices are celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce.
- Flavored drinks
- No, not sodas. Think tea or sparkling water. They don’t have tons of sugar, but they do have plenty of water. Win win.
It’s always smart to have water handy, especially for us college students, so here are a few situations in which we should remember to stay hydrated.
- Whenever we work out (duh)
- Always make sure to stay hydrated when you sweat. Drink at least one bottle of water
- When outdoors in a hot climate
- It tends to be pretty warm in Statesboro, and with Spring right around the corner it’s only going to get hotter so don’t forget your water.
- When sick
- Illnesses like the fever have the ability to run rampant across campuses, and drinking plenty of water can not only help if you’re already sick, but it can also prevent us from getting sick in the first place.
- When partying
- Real talk, we all know that we go to a party school and that many students drink alcohol, but we need to remember to also drink plenty of water when we party. If we drink alcohol at parties or anywhere, we must remember to drink as much water as we are drinking alcohol. Basically one for one.
If you are looking for other ways to stay healthy and hydrated, make sure you check out our Campus Farmers Market and Nutrition Fair. Want to get your water intake up through fruits and vegetables? The Campus Farmers Markets are every Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm in the Russell Union. We have vendors from all over the county with fresh produce at every market, and will be bringing some of them to you this Wednesday, as well. The Nutrition Fair is this Wednesday, March 22nd, from 11am-2pm in the Russell Union. Make sure you come check it out and get your water drinking/eating on!
Be Well. Do Well.