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The Truth About Water – How Much Do You Really Need?

October 5, 2011

The Truth About Water – How Much Do You Really Need?

When asked how many glasses of water you should drink daily, do you answer six to eight glasses. That is the typical answer you will find from a variety of sources. For those that may not drink that amount of water daily, though, it may seem like an incredible amount. Some experts are saying that it may just be too much. Some scientists suggest there is no evidence that indicates six to eight glasses is the right amount. It is possible to over hydrate, too.

How Much Is Right?

The amount of water that you drink is dependent on your gender, activity level and your size. In some recommendations, such as those from the Institute of Medicine, adult men should drink as much as 13 cups of fluid daily. Women, according to the study should drink nine cups. However, this number differs based on your activity level. For those who are more active, it is necessary to replace more of the fluids you are losing. For those who are larger or those who are pregnant or nursing, those are other reasons to add more fluids. More so, if you take medications, drinking more than this average is necessary to ensure the medications make it into your body.

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