Water: Do You Need 8 Glasses a Day? (Infographic)
Date posted: August 19, 2014
Discover the best way to quench your thirst
When it comes to quenching your thirst, water rules. But when it comes to knowing how much water you should drink every day, opinions are all over the map.
Should you buy a 2-liter water bottle to get your 8 ounces in every day? Or is drinking when you’re thirsty enough to satisfy your fluid needs?
“The range of fluid intake needs is quite broad, depending on your metabolism, activity level, ambient temperature and age” “It’s better to focus on urine output: if it’s almost clear, you’re good. If it’s dark yellow or has a strong odor, try fixing it with a couple of glasses of water.”
Your diet also matters, “Nutritional guidelines cover all fluids, including the water found in food, juice, tea and milk,”
“Fruits and vegetables alone can meet 20 percent of your fluid needs when you eat a lot of produce.”
Your health is another key factor. “Fluid needs increase when you’re sweating from a fever because you lose more water through your skin,”.
“When you lose a lot fluid, whether it’s from sweating or diarrhea, we encourage you to drink fluids with water, salt and sugar to keep your body balanced.”