Water, water, everywhere. Just how much should you drink?
You may have heard 8 glasses per day. Will that much water quench your thirst or drown you? My suggestions- it all depends.
Consider the Basics
If you weigh 250 pounds, you need more water than if you weigh 50 pounds.
Your Activity Level:
If you run 2 miles every day, you need more water than if you take long walks 3 times a week.
If your metabolism is fast, you need more water than if your metabolism is slow.
You need more water if you live in L.A. than if you live in Finland (unless you ski a lot)!
What you eat affects your fluid needs. For example, apples, yogurt and ice cream all contain water.
You need more water during a heat wave than during a polar vortex.
Your Physical Activity:
Are you reading the paper or running a marathon? (During marathons, sip water frequently; gulping slows you down.)
For fever, add 3.5-5 ounces of fluid for each degree your temperature rises. For vomiting or diarrhea, replace the fluid with light broths or gelatin, not sugary sports drinks.
Alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water to replace fluid lost through urine.
Check your built-in water meter:
Your urine should be almost clear. If it’s dark yellow or has a strong odor, drink a couple of glasses of water.
Don’t rely on thirst alone:
Mild dehydration can cause dry mouth, fatigue, muscle cramps, and dizziness. Serve dehydration can cause abdominal pain, lethargy, and confusion.
Kida regulates fluids pretty well:
Give babies under 6 months of age only breast milk or formula, never water. When kids sick, replace lost fluids with water, diluted juices, herbal teas or soda.
Quality is more reliable for tap water than for bottled water:
Plastic bottles generate a vast amount of waste. Try flavoring water with citrus fruit, strawberry or cucumber slices.
It’s hard to drink too much water:
Drinking too much too fast can cause hyponatremia (nausea, headache, confusion, lethargy, and even seizures). But it’s extremely rare.