What’s Your Daily Water Quota?

     How much water do you drink a day? Do you follow the 8/8 rule: 8 glasses of 8 ounces each day, or do you follow another system? Do you just drink water when you think about it, or are you aware of how much you have already consumed and how much more you might want to consume on any given day? Or do you not pay attention to water at all, but know you should do something to drink more each day?
      I have seen people carry around a gallon jug with them all day long, and they drink from this until it is gone. Personally, I would feel a little silly carrying around a gallon jug of water, so that wouldn’t work for me.

     And I don’t believe in a universal formula for water consumption either, because the quantity needed for an individual depends upon his environment, age, weight, lifestyle and time of year.
     But I do believe that everyone should establish their own water “quota” to drink each day. A water quota is a “minimum amount of water you require yourself to drink every day, with few exceptions.” Many folks I work with set their water quota at about 100 ounces a day. This is approximately 3 liters, and it’s easy to measure with bottles of purified water. Others follow the 8/8 rule. Still others consult with their doctors to get their quota.
     A tip that may make drinking water easier for you is to carry a bottle of water with you at all times. Bring it with you when you get in the car or run an errand. Choose water when you dine at a restaurant. You will be surprised at how easy it is to reach your quota when you include water with the activities you already do.

     There is such a thing as drinking too much water: it’s called hyponatremia, and it is extremely rare. I wouldn’t concern myself with drinking too much water. Not drinking enough is far more likely to happen!
     If you want to increase your water intake, don’t go from one extreme to another. Increase it gradually, and listen to your body, for your body will be your ultimate guide.