No single formula fits everyone. But knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. Additionally, for your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
Moreover, the closest answer, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies is:
Note: These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.
There are obviously factors that might affect the overall quantity of how much you are drinking every day:
Exercise. If you do any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss.
Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional fluid intake.
Overall health. Your body loses fluids when you have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. That’s basically why doctors are recommending a lot of fluids when you are ill.
Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated
But can there be too much of a good thing? In rare cases, drinking an extreme amount in a short time can be dangerous. It can cause the level of salt, or sodium, in your blood to drop too low. That’s a condition called hyponatremia. It’s very serious, and can be fatal. You may hear it called water intoxication.
So how much are you drinking on the road daily? Are you staying healthy? Let us know in the comments.
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