I live in Austin, and these scorching Summer temperatures are SERIOUS. This month we've had almost 2 weeks of temperatures hitting well over 100 degrees. With heat like that, you need to be extra careful about staying hydrated.
There are so many benefits to water... it flushes toxins, increases energy, improves your complexion, maintains regularity, boosts the immune system and prevents muscle cramps to name a few.
So how much water should you actually be consuming each day? Are you even tracking your daily water intake?
As a rule of thumb, I tell my clients a good starting point is to drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, then you want to drink at least 70 ounces of water per day. This is just the base though. If you are active throughout the day, sweat a lot, or live in more extreme climates (like a Texas Heatwave), then you need to increase that number to replenish those lost fluids.
A good way to track water intake throughout the day is to use a larger water bottle. This way, instead of trying to count cups or glasses all day long, you may only need to remember to refill the bottle once or twice. I prefer using at least a 30 oz jug.
If you aren't a fan a plain water, then try flavored or infused options. There are pitchers and bottles that you can use to infuse your own at home. I prefer using sliced cucumbers, but fruit, lemon and herbs also make great variations. If you are craving sodas, then sparking water can also be nice treat and give to get a little bit of carbonation, but without the added sugars and artificial flavorings.