How much water should I be drinking?

You may have heard you need to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water each day. Turns out, this isn't true, and the amount varies depending on your body! It depends on things like your sex, how old you are, and if you sweat a lot that day.

So how much water should I be drinking? Calculations were done to see how much water our bodies need on a daily basis, and includes the water we get from eating. According to the Institute of Medicine, men should drink 13 cups of water and women should drink 9 cups of water. Still, this doesn't necessarily mean that all men should be drinking 13 cups of water every day.

You may know the symptoms of dehydration, but did you know that drinking too much water can lead to something called hyponatremia? Having low sodium levels in your body causes confusion, headaches, nausea, cramps, and much more depending on how seriously you overdosed on water. Don't worry, chances are you aren't at risk for this... unless you have a habit of chugging a lot of water in short periods of time!

Now, if you're reading this and think "Oh jeez, I thought 8 glasses a day was a lot but now you're telling me to drink even more?" here's a water consumption calculator from HydroxyCut. Simply enter in your weight and age to see how much water you should be drinking. An additional quick self test is to look at the color of your urine. Here's a link from raducu that shows a handy urine color chart.

So now that you've self tested yourself, are you drinking enough water daily? Try starting out with 8 glasses a day and see where you end up comfortably drinking - some people find out that 6 or 7 glasses a day were a perfect medium for them.

How much water do you drink in a day?

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