# Calculate EXACTLY how much water you should drink

Did you know you can calculate exactly how much water you should drink? As you probably know already, the advice for the past few eons is that we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.  But… there are glasses and then there are GLASSES, which means this will lead to a fair amount of variation in what you are drinking.

Staying hydrated is important for our overall health for so many reasons.

1. You look better with beautiful plumped, hydrated skin
2. It keeps your gut moving
3. It allows your body to eliminate toxins more effectively

But there is a science behind this, and you can calculate this yourself!

#### Here is an easy calculation.

First of all, you do need to weigh yourself. Jump on those scales first thing in the morning for an accurate calculation.

Then, to calculate, the amount of water you need is between 30ml per kg of bodyweight to 35ml per kg of bodyweight.

For example:

55kg = 1.65L to 1.92 L of water per day

65kg = 1.95L to 2.275L of water per day

75kg = 2.25L to 2.62L of water per day

85kg = 2.55L to 2.97L of water per day

#### Does it all have to be water?

Water is the simplest hydrator, but we know it can get boring.  We like to try herbal teas and our trusty soda stream with lemon or lime to mix things up.

Using our new SPARKLE gut powder, this will be a delicious way to amp up your water intake.

You can also add ginger root to hot water which is great for digestion, or a slice of orange or lemon just to help with a body cleanse.  And there is always herbal tea, milk and juices.

You can also get fluid from food such as fruit and vegetables. Watermelon is a fantastic option for a hot day, or grab an orange if you’re on the go.

#### When should I be mindful I may need more water?

If you are exercising, doing manual work, or really any activity that may make you sweat 😉 you will need extra water to cover the fluid loss.

Likewise, soft drinks and any drinks with caffeine – including black tea – will act as a diuretic and will also mean you need to add in replacement hydration.

Being in a hot or humid environment leads to dehydration, and interestingly being at a high altitude can contribute. When you are sick your body loses fluids a fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

Finally, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding you will need additional fluids to stay hydrated.

#### How do I know if I’m drinking the right amount?

If you feel thirsty you are already most likely a bit dehydrated. But having a peek at your urine colour is always a prudent step (seriously never thought I would write that one in a sentence).

If it is a light yellow this is a good normal colour.  Dark yellow or orange means you need to drink a bit more.  If it is totally colourless perhaps cut back a bit as your kidneys will be working overtime and you’ll lose too much body salts.

So bottoms up to staying healthy and hydrated.

Check out Sparkle gut powder. Perfect for upping your water intake, but also made to heal your gut, promote digestion and improve metabolism.