We all know how important it is to say hydrated. Have you been drinking enough water lately?
According to a report in the Institute of Medicine, the “general recommendations for women at approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water — from all beverages and foods — each day, and men an average of approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) of total water.”
So how much water should we actually have to drink, without the food intake accounted for?
The Mayo Clinic recommends that for a healthy adult individual, “an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.” Children will need less water than adults, and people who are ill often need additional fluids.
You’re probably thinking that 2.2-3 liters sounds a bit more than the “8 glasses a day” that is usually thought to be sufficient for both men and women.
Guess we should be a bit more mindful.
I’ve started carrying a (large) water bottle around with me while I’m out for the day. Depending on the size of your bottle, if you fill it up in the morning and tell yourself that you need to drink the entire bottle (and maybe refill it and drink a second one if it’s small), you should be getting enough fluids in no time. Good luck!