How to stay hydrated and healthy during New Orleans’ Festival SeasonWater is very important for your body. It keeps you healthy in so many ways: keeping your body temperature stable, removing wastes from your body, and carrying nutrients to all of your cells. When you don’t drink enough water, you get dehydrated and your body will not function correctly. Learn more about the warning signs of dehydration and how to make sure you’re getting enough water.
In addition to keeping us safe by regulating our body temperature in this summertime heat, staying well hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, mood, and alertness. Drinking plenty of fluids can even help to fend off cravings, since being even slightly dehydrated can leave us feeling sluggish, looking for carb-rich foods as a quick pick-me-up, when the reality is that we simply need more fluids.
How Much Water Should I Drink Daily?
Hydration can vary widely depending on body weight, activity level and diet. The standard 8×8 “rule” (drinking eight 8-oz. cups of water a day) has been the standard for decades, but again it all depends on the person.
A more accurate way to determine how much fluid you need is divide your weight (in pounds) by two, and that’s approximately how many ounces of fluid you need daily. Add an additional 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise or work outdoors in hot temperatures.
6 Danger Signs of Dehydration
|Increased body temperature or labored breathing|
|Dark-colored urine or infrequent urination|
|Dry lips and eyes, mouth, skin|
|Feeling tired or sleepy|
Tips to ensure you are drinking enough water:
- Carry a refillable water bottle (that is only for water!) and drink as much as your body needs to stay hydrated daily. Calculate your daily water intake using our handy chart.
- If you drink alcohol or soft drinks, be sure you always drink a bottle of water in between.
- Have a glass of water or serve a pitcher of water with each meal.
- Make sure your urine is clear or a pale yellow color. You should urinate every 2-3 hours during the day.
Learn more about how much water you should drink each day and infused water recipes by participating in our 30 Day Water Challenge program.