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How much water one should drink?

Updated: May 25, 2023

We all can agree that water is essential for good health, but the question is, how much of this life giving substance is recommended for good health. There are a lot of theories as to how much water one should drink per day, as well as a lot of research on the subject. You might have heard that adults should drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. The truth is, it’s a simple question with no easy answer because there are quite a few variables we should consider. Let's take a look at these variables.

The environment you are living in makes a difference. Is it hot? Humid? Are you spending a lot of time outdoors (which might make you sweat more than being indoors)? Being outdoors might require more water to recover fluid loss.

Exercise and recreational activities could also make you sweat. It could be a challenging Pilates class, or just playing fetch with your dog. If it makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss.

Overall health is also a consideration. If you have a fever, diarrhea, or are vomiting, your body loses fluids. Other conditions that might require increased fluid intake include bladder infections and urinary tract stones. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you’ll likely need additional fluids to stay hydrated.

So maybe the question we need to ask ourself is, am I getting enough water? The answer to that question is pretty simple! The easiest way to know if you're drinking enough fluid is to look at the color of your urine. If you are drinking enough water, your urine will be colorless or pale yellow. and you should be urinating about once every two to four hours. I like to drink a glass of water as soon as I wake up. I also make a habit of drinking a glass of water with every meal. Furthermore, I like to keep water in the car, especially when I'm out running errands. One final thought on the matter, If you plan to work out, it's important to drink water before, during, and after a workout.

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