Here's How Much Water You Should Actually Be Drinking

After a tough workout or spending all day in the sun, nothing quenches your thirst like a cold glass of water. Sure, you can also have different types of fruit juices or sports drinks, but there's something so satisfying about taking a big sip of just pure water. According to Healthline, there's also a variety of reasons we need to be drinking it that include flushing out waste, balancing our body temperature, and helping our brain to function properly. If that's not reason enough to enjoy some H2O, it can also help you to lose weight and even help to fight off illness. Sounds like it's pretty positive overall, however, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. 

Over hydrating can cause water intoxication, which causes a disturbance in how your brain is able to function, per Medical News Today. Signs that you've drunk too much water include nauseous, confusion, or vomiting. It can also become life threatening because too much hydration can cause your cells to swell. Thankfully, there is an easy system to follow to make sure you're getting just the right amount of water.

Personal trainer explains how to know the exact amount of H2O you should be drinking

Founder and Head Nutrition Coach of Fuel Your Fitness, Georgette Naber, told the Food Network that getting the ideal volume of water is very important when it comes to performing at the top of your game. Naber recommends that to make sure you're getting the right amount "take your bodyweight, divide it by two then add 15." She says that's how many ounces of water you should be drinking per day, "plus another 17 to 20 oz. for every hour of exercise."

The personal trainer also suggests having a recovery shake after a hard workout. "During high-intensity training, our cortisol rises (which is our 'fight-or-flight' hormone)," Naber explains. "Having a carb immediately post-workout actually shuts off that response and puts your body in a position in which it can start recovering." Sounds like the perfect method to feel great after your next long run or weight training session.