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Staying Hydrated

It's easy to forget to drink water. However, staying hydrating has many benefits, like improving energy levels and brain function, relieving constipation, aiding weight loss, and treating kidney stones.

How Much Water Do You Need?

According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (via Healthline):

  • Women should drink 11.5 cups (92 oz) of water a day
  • Men should drink 15.5 cups (124 oz) of water a day

There are other factors that may contribute to how much water you should drink daily as well. The following factors may mean you need to increase your water intake:

  • Where you live: if you live in hot, humid, dry areas or places at a higher altitude
  • Your diet: if you drink caffeinated beverages or eat salty, spicy, or sugary foods
  • Your environment: if you spend more time in the sun or are in hotter temperatures
  • Activity Levels: the more active you are, the more water you need
  • Your Health: if you are sick or taking medications that will dehydrate you, drink more water
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding: if you are doing the work for two, you will need more water

Drinking water is required for your body to function, but increased water intake can also help prevent several health problems:

  • Constipation
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Dry skin

The Bottom Line

  • Drink water throughout the day, aiming for clear, pale urine
  • If you’re thirsty, drink water
  • Drink extra water if you are in hot temperatures or are active