Countless studies have been done about how much water should be consumed daily and unfortunately these studies have produced varying results. The only consensus at this point is that everyone’s needs are different based on several factors including how much you exercise and how active you are, the environment you live in, any illnesses or other health conditions, and pregnancy.
The most widely recognized and known guidelines for hydration is the recommendation for eight 8 ounce glasses/day (about 1.9 liters). The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume 3 liters and women consume 2.2 liters. Aside from these approaches, if you rarely feel thirsty and urinate about every 3 hour and produce colorless or near colorless urine, your fluid intake is probably adequate.
It is important to remember that not all of your fluid intake is necessarily from water. Approximately 20% of your fluids are taken in through the food you eat. Also, other fluids, such as milk or juice, contain water as well.
Stay tuned for one more day for tips on how to get enough water daily…
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-Alicia and Nikki