Know How Much You Need. Let’s start with the basics. How many ounces of water should you be drinking each day? That depends. For a basis, you should have at least 64 ounces (eight 8-oz. cups) per day. If you exercise up to an hour a day, you should add about 2 cups, and even more if you exercise more intensely than that. You should also consider the climate you’re in—dry climates or climates where you are sweating a lot means MORE WATER! With all this in mind, it is also important to simply listen to your body.

Know the Symptoms of Dehydration. One easy way to know if you’re dehydrated is to check the color of your urine. If your urine is a light yellow or clear, you are hydrated. If it is a dark yellow, you are dehydrated. Other symptoms of dehydration include headache, weakness, dizziness, constipation, and nausea.

Use a Water Bottle. Using a water bottle during the day will help you keep track of how much water you have had AND you’ll have fewer glasses to wash at the end of the day too! Most water bottles will tell you how many ounces they hold. Divide that number into the total you need, and that’s how many refills you should have during the day. Make sure you have your water bottle with you at home and at work.

Drink Water With Meals. Drinking water with your meals is an easy, built-in way to get those ounces. It will also help with better digestion to prevent constipation!

Pace Yourself. When you first start making a conscious effort to drink the recommended amount of water each day, you may find it difficult to drink that much. Don’t wait to drink all your water just during meals or at the end of the day. Have it at your desk and sip throughout the day.
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