Water is essential for good health, but how much water should you drink a day?
Well, the answer cannot be uniformed because needs vary individually. Read the guidelines below to check if you drink enough fluids daily.
While this is no surprise, what might come as a blow is the statistics that 75% of the U.S. population falls short of the 10 daily cups of water prescribed by the Institute of Medicine. And this translates into the fact that most people in the U.S. are functioning in a state of chronic dehydration!
What does a water-poor diet bring about?
It brings wrinkled and dry skin, headaches, tiredness, extreme thirst, decreased urine output, chronic constipation, wooziness, even no tears when crying, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and rapid breathing. These are only some of the symptoms your body manifests when it is dehydrated and needs more water.
What about the usual advice to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day?
It may be the usual piece of advice, but, based on more recent founding, experts are now recommending that you go off of your body weight and activity level. Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is about 1.9 liters, which isn’t so different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations (read them below).
Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard scientific evidence, it remains popular with folks because it is easy to remember and apply. Just keep in mind that the rule should be paraphrased as:
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