Don't get me wrong, I never deviate too far from my diet. I am a firm believer this is what has kept me in a decent corner today. It's not 100% by any means. But, if I can run at 85% I can get through a normal day.
This syndrome of fibromyalgia can have a huge impact on how you lead your life on a day-to-day basis. A range of treatments are usually prescribed for long term management of fibromyalgia pain including physical therapy, psychological therapy, and drugs. And, of course, we all need support to continue. But daily food and beverage intake is right up there on the top of the pyramid for folks like us.
That clear liquid we take for granted every day can actually help to relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Did you know that fatigue and headaches can be caused by dehydration? Our adult bodies are made up of approximately 70% water which evaporates through breathing, sweating and other natural bodily functions. Drinking water helps to flush all the toxins through your liver and kidneys and out of the body. Aim for at least 8 glasses each day – being hydrated will help to fight off fatigue. If you don’t like plain water try a squeeze of lemon juice or lime to add some flavor.
Water is the most underutilized tool when it comes to your health. From hydrating skin and helping with headaches to giving you an endless supply of energy, simply drinking enough H2O each day can pay off in a big way.
"Proper hydration is key not only to making sure we stay alert and energized, but also to keeping everything functioning in our bodies," says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at Good Housekeeping Institute. "Most of us need to drink between 8-10 cups (as a general rule of thumb) of water per day — and much more when we factor in heat, sweat, medications, and humidity shifts."
Yes, remembering to carry much less sip on a water bottle throughout the day can feel like a challenge, but drinking enough water is essential for your wellbeing. How much is enough? Well, much like calories, the amount of water each person needs depends on a few different factors. Read on to calculate how much water you should be drinking each day based on your own unique needs.
I, for one, have been searching for a more specific calculation for my own personal water needs. I'm going to share it with you. Upon immediate calculation, I configured this into my Fitbit to ensure I can begin step one of my latest quest to better health.
If you want to determine the exact amount you should drink according to your body weight, you can follow these steps:
- Take your weight (in pounds) and divide that by 2.2.
- Multiply that number depending on your age: If you're younger than 30, multiply by 40. If you're between 30-55, multiply by 35. If you're older than 55, multiply by 30.
- Divide that sum by 28.3.
- Your total is how many ounces of water you should drink each day. Divide that number by 8 to see your result in cups.
- Go grab that to go cup and start filling!