How much water should you drink each day?

How much water should you drink each day?

You may have heard to drink 8 glasses of water each day. That suggestion isn’t supported by research, but remains popular because it is easy to remember.

Actual water needs depend on several factors: your health, how active you are and where you live (Oklahoma in the summer, anyone?).

Water is the body’s main chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in the body depends on water. Water fluxhes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Drinking an insufficient amount of water can lead to dehydration and even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

Each day the body loses water through breathing, perspiration and urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you have to replenish the water by consuming drinks and foods that contain water.

According to MayoClilnic.com, the average, healthy man in a temperate climate needs  about 13 cups per day and a woman would need about 9 cups.

Also, a study by Virginia Tech in 2008 showed that drinking two glasses of water before each meal results in faster and longer lasting weight moss for dieters.      ***

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