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Why should you track your water intake?

Updated: May 20, 2020

It's probably not going to come as a surprise to you that drinking enough water is REALLY important. The human body is over 60% water overall, and 90% of our blood is composed of water. Some of the biggest reasons why water is so important are:

  1. Lubricates your joints

  2. Forms your saliva and mucus

  3. Delivers oxygen through the body

  4. Cushions your brain, spinal cord, and other tissues

  5. Helps regulate your body temperature

  6. Required by the digestive system to operate properly

  7. Helps flush body waste

  8. Maintains your blood pressure

  9. Required by your airways to breath properly

  10. Essential nutrients dissolves in water

This list includes pretty much every vital bodily function. Yet, according to doctors, a whopping 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. That's a troubling statistics. What does it mean to be dehydrated? How much should you be drinking on a daily basis? There are varied formulas to calculate this. However, all of them are based on weight. WebMD provides guidance of drinking 0.5 to 1.0 oz of water for every pound of body weight every day. Some of the factors that affect where you should be specifically within that range are how much you are exercising and how dry the climate is that you're living in. The other simple way to gauge whether or not you're drinking enough water is to sneak a peak at the toilet bowl after you pee. If your pee is clear or light yellow with no odor, you're probably fine. The darker your pee is and the more it has an odor, the more likely you are probably dehydrated. One important thing to note, if you're like me, I was always told to drink 8 cups a water per day. At 8 oz a cup, that works out to 64 oz per day. This seems to be less than many of the more common guidelines that are currently used today.

So what are some of the signs that you are dehydrated? Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Inability to focus

  • Irritability

Illnesses such as diarrhea can cause you to lose over a gallon a day of water so it's even more important to stay properly hydrated during these periods.

Now that we've explored all the negatives of not getting enough water, let's look at the benefits of drinking enough water:

  • Maximized physical performance

  • Increased energy and brain function

  • May reduce headaches

  • Avoid constipation

  • May help treat kidney stones

  • Improved skin health

  • For the drinkers out there, you probably already know this, but it helps prevent hangovers

  • Can help with weight loss by increasing your metabolic rate

The question is, do you know if you're getting enough water? If you're consistently tracking your intake, then good for you. You're ahead of the game. However, I would imagine the majority of you reading this are not currently tracking your water intake. Hopefully, consistent tracking is the only way you can tell on a daily basis if you're drinking adequate water. However, this can be a tedious task. To make this task easier, OnTrac has partnered with the smart water bottle company Hidrate to automate water intake tracking. If you're interested in winning a free HidrateSpark 3 Smart Water Bottle, we are giving one away for free to a lucky winner who signs up to demo OnTrac when we launch and earns at least referral 10 points by July 1, 2020. To sign up and learn how you can earn 10 points, visit the OnTrac demo sign up page. If you can't wait that long, we have an affiliate relationship with Hidrate, and they have given us discount code to purchase their Hidrate Spark 3 smart water bottle. Use the discount code ONTRAC5 (expires June 14, 2020) to get $5 off your online order now using the banner below:

I hope you found this article helpful. Be sure to share it if you did! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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