How Much Water Should I Drink a Day?

how much water to drink

Water is the source of life. You can technically live without food (for about 30-40 days), but you can’t live much past 4 days without water. (Sorry for the depressing thought, but wanted to stress the point about how important water is to your life).

Around 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water! Every system in your body is dependent on water. For instance, water flushes toxins out of your vital organs and carries nutrients to your cells.

Even if you are not sweating, your body is losing water through your skin.

A lack of water can lead to dehydration. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. It can also be cause of light headaches.

how much water to drink

Hopefully by now you understand the importance of drinking water, but how much is enough?

It’s different for every person, but we can make some generalizations. The standard is eight glasses (8 oz.) of water per day. How much is 8 ounces?

8 ounces water

Not even a full glass of water!! And I was curious in terms of “cups”, so I checked and guess what? 8 oz of water fit exactly into 1 cup!

should i drink 8 cups of water a day

So, don’t tell me you can’t drink 8 cups (oz) of water a day!! :) That should be your minimum goal. An easy way to do this is keep a water bottle by your desk at work or somewhere visible at home. Set certain times of the time that you need to finish the bottle by.

Although 8 glasses a day is what’s typically mentioned, the National Research Council recommends for average females 9 cups per day and for average males, 12 cups per day. If you exercise, you should increase that amount.

If you don’t like “plain” water, here are 10 ideas for naturally flavoring water.

YOUR TURN: How much water do you drink a day? It is above or below the average? If not enough, what can you do to drink more?

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  • KMartin

    This is a great article! Simple and to the point. Today’s personal goal… will drink 8 cups of water. Done.

    • FitHealthy365

      Awesome Katie!! Hope it’s going well

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