Salt pulls water out of cells and forces the body to conserve as much water as possible, which is why you urinate less when you eat too much salt. The water-deprived cells send a chemical message to the brain asking for more water, and you start to feel thirsty. Cut down on your salt intake and make sure you’re drinking enough water.
2. YOU TOOK A MORNING WALK
“You’re going to need to drink more on days when you sweat more,” says Peter Mayock, MD, medical director of the West Town Adult Clinic of the Eric Family Health Center in Chicago.
When you exercise, you lose fluids through sweat, and if you don’t replace that fluid, you could end up dehydrated. There isn’t one formula as to how much you should be drinking, but Mayock asks us to listen to our body.
3. DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER EVERY DAY
The eight glasses advice is a myth, says Dr. Huang, and it can be dangerous.
“If your heart or kidneys are compromised, drinking too much water can cause congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, or water intoxication. In these cases, fluid intake should be limited,” she explains.
4. ALWAYS DRINK WATER FIRSTLY IN THE AM