CareNow® - July 17, 2017

how much water should i be drinking

How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?

We’ve all heard the rule: you should drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water each day. While it’s not incorrect, how much water you need daily depends on a number of factors such as how healthy you are, how active you are and where you live. On top of that, you can actually drink too much water! Because of this, it’s important to know about how much water your body needs every day.


Know Your Numbers

We lose water every day simply by breathing, perspiring, urinating and making bowel movements. In order for your body to properly function, it’s essential that beverages and foods that contain water replenish it. For a healthy adult who lives in a moderate climate, the rule is about 13 cups of total beverages for the day. For women, the rule is 9 cups each day.


What Water Does

Because every system in your body relies on it, your body weight is made up about 60% water. One of the biggest benefits of water is that it flushes toxins out of vital organs, transports nutrients to your cells and keeps your ears, nose and throat moist. If you don’t provide your body with enough water, you will suffer from dehydration, which can drain you of energy and cause serious fatigue. In severe cases, dehydration can even be fatal.

If you're worried you are suffering from dehydration, consider visiting your local CareNow Urgent Care.


Other Sources of Water

Many people think water only comes in one form, but that’s not true. You can consume water from fruits and vegetables, milk, juice and even caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea or soda. Since water has no calories, it’s usually the best option, but know you can get hydrated other ways as well.

Disclaimer: Patients' health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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