How Much Water Do You Need?

Did you know that the human body is made up of around 70% water? Water is used in all of the body’s cells, tissues and organs. Water also keeps the body’s temperature regulated, so you need to keep the water intake going for your body’s health.

Drink Up

How much water should you be drinking? On average, experts recommend 64 ounces a day; however this varies depending on the climate where you live, your level of physical activity and if you have any illnesses. You also lose water naturally each day through sweating, exercising, urinating, bowel movements and breathing.

Find out exactly how much water you should be drinking a day with this hydration calculator. You may be surprised how much you should actually be drinking each day.

Benefits of drinking water:

  • Water helps boost energy levels.
  • It transports oxygen and other important nutrients to the cells in your body.
  • Eighty-five percent of your brain tissue is comprised of water, so if you’re dehydrated, your body and mind will both be stressed.
  • Water keeps your joints lubricated and helps to prevent muscle cramping.
  • It’s essential to digestion; water dissolves waste particles and passes them smoothly through the digestive tract, helping to avoid constipation.
  • Water lowers the risk of getting kidney stones.
  • It hydrates your skin. If you are dehydrated, your wrinkles are deeper, so drink that water and look younger naturally.
  • Water cools your body from the inside out.

Not a fan of water?

If you don’t like water, there are other alternatives to get in your daily fluids:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Milk
  • 100% juices
  • Tea
  • Seltzer water
  • Adding a lemon or other fruit to naturally flavor the water

Keeping hydrated is important at any age, especially for the young and the elderly. Need ideas on how to hydrate? Check out these blogs:

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  1. I knew some benefits of drinking water but when you read the list in this article, it reminds me of how important to drink water before you feel dehydrated. “Water is an energy booster”? hmm, I better stop drinking Red Bulls.

    1. Thanks for reading, Ben. So water is an energy booster because being dehydrated depletes the system and does not let our body/organs/hormones/chemicals in the body work most efficiently. So step away from the energy drinks and get in some H20! Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  2. Yes, water is very important to our health. I drink a glass of water when I wake up in the morning and drink half glass of water before each meal. I don’t drink other alternatives, like tea or beverages.

  3. Can you drink too much? Sometimes the more I drink, the more thirsty I am. I’m a 73-year-old woman.

    1. Hello, thank for your question! Though it’s uncommon in healthy adults, it is possible to drink too much water. If you are concerned about persistent thirst that isn’t quenched by drinking water, talk with your healthcare provider to determine if there is any underlying health condition.

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