To stay healthily hydrated, the theory goes, you need to consume one of two amounts of water. The tried and true classic is consuming eight glasses of water a day. A more modern and popular approach in the health, wellness, and fitness industry is drinking about half of your body weight in fluid ounces. If you weigh 180, you need to consumed 60 ounces of water. However, there is a lack of evidence which proves that either of these theories are substantial. Like most things, the amount of water you drink should be custom tailored to your body, your weight, and your lifestyle, including how much and how often you sweat. No two bodies or lifestyles are exactly the same, meaning that no two people need to drink the same exact amount of water every single day.
According to the National Academy of Medicine, reports Men’s Fitness, men should be consuming 125 ounces of water a day- about a gallon. Though many men rush to buy a gallon jug and drink it down, the way men stay hydrated and with what kind of water sources, matters. Water is most efficiently consumed from drinking water. However, fruits, vegetables, teas, and other beverages all have water content. Attempting to get 125 ounces of water out of apples, for example, won’t be a healthy approach. Only drinking a few sips of water during the day, then trying to down the rest of the gallon before bedtime also won’t be a healthy approach. Water consumption needs to be spread throughout the day and taken in intervals which work for the body. Before, during, and after workouts, more hydration will be needed.
For men in recovery, water also has to be consumed carefully. Early stages of recovery can include severe dehydration during detox. Drinking too much water in compensation can dangerously reduce sodium levels. As recovery progresses through the first six months, smaller amounts of water throughout the day are helpful. When fitness and exercise become part of the daily regiment, increase your water amount until you reach about a gallon of water a day. Hydration keeps mood, metabolism, and cognitive functioning in shape- all needed for healthy, sustainable recovery.
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