Are you really supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day?
Or is that advice already outdated?
Check out this article from Lifehacker, which outlines how much water you actually should drink each day.
While no specific measurement will fit all people, I consulted Dr. Pamila Brar to get some basic guidelines. She suggested the following, presuming a temperate climate:
Men should drink about 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total fluids a day
Women should drink about 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total fluids a day
This is just a baseline, of course. If you exercise, spend time in hot or dry weather, you consume a significant amount of diuretics (e.g. caffeinated drinks like soda), or your medications require additional water consumption, you may need more water. The easiest way to handle your water consumption is to stick with the baseline above and add more water whenever you feel thirsty.
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