Whenever I have a client who is suffering from headaches, my first question is always “How much water are you drinking each day?”

Headaches can often be caused from dehydration. We are usually told to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, which can be confusing. How much is in a glass? Do we need to drink more or less depending on our activity level? What about our differences in our weight and size?

Here’s an easy way to calculate how much water is right for you:

Half of your body weight in pounds equals the number of ounces you should be drinking each day.

So, if you weigh 200lbs, that’s 100oz of water!

If this sounds like too much, try these tips to gradually increase your water intake:

  1. Aim to drink 50% more water than you are currently drinking, once you are comfortable with that amount then keep adding more until you hit half your body weight in ounces.
  2. Get a fancy new water bottle that you love to take with you everywhere. It will become part of your accessories and you’ll never leave the house without it!
  3. If you’re a pop, coffee or tea drinker, aim to drink 10 ounces of water before every cup of coffee or tea. Even if that is 4 cups a day, that’s 10 ounces before each cup.

“Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.”

Kevin R. Stone

Embrace the bathroom breaks, clear skin and happy organs. Your body and brain will thank you.


Originally posted June 26, 2018.

Kate Skinner, RMT

Kate works with clients who are on a path of self improvement and want to restore/maintain an active lifestyle. She focuses on muscle health, calming the mind and relaxing the body! Call Kate to book an appointment: 902.397.1233