How Much Water Should We Drink in a Day?
Our body is about 50% water, give or take. Every day, we drink water to maintain normal body temperature, lubricate our joints, and get rid of waste through urination, sweat and bowel movements.
Not getting enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause muscle weakness and cramping, a lack of coordination, and an increased risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. In fact, water is so important that a person couldn’t survive more than five days without it.
But do you know how much water should we drink in a day?
As with most things, this depends on the individual. Many factors, both internal and external, can affect your consumption of water.
Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8*8 rule and is very easy to remember.
However, your need for water may increase:
- In warm or hot weather
- With vigorous physical activity, such as exercise or working in the yard
- During bouts of illness, especially if you have a fever, are vomiting, having diarrhea or coughing
Maintaining an appropriate intake of water is vital to our keep our body functioning, so don’t forget to do it even if you’re busy with work.
Note: The safety of water also matters. For your and your family’s health, I recommend you install Mountain Flow water filters in your refrigerator. Founded in 2017, MF has been dedicated to providing safe and clean water to consumers.