How much water should you drink each day?
- How much water should you drink each day? A simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.Though no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day. Health benefits of water: Water is your body's principal chemical component, making up, on average, 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
- Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.Several approaches attempt to approximate water needs for the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate. Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace the lost fluids. Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Another approach to water intake is the "8 x 8 rule" --- drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters). The rule could also be stated, "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," as all fluids count toward the daily total. Though the approach isn't supported by scientific evidence, many people use this basic rule as a guideline for how much water and other fluids to drink. Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.Even apart from the above approaches, if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate. Factors that influence water needs: You may need to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health status, and if you're pregnant or breast-feeding. Exercise. If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 400 to 600 milliliters (about 1.5 to 2.5 cups) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires more fluid intake. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, the duration of your exercise and the type of activity you're engaged in. During long bouts of intense exercise, it's best to use a sports drink that contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening. Also, continue to replace fluids after you're finished exercising. Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves. Illnesses or health conditions. Signs of illnesses, such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea, cause your body to lose additional fluids. In these cases you should drink more water and may even need oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade, Powerade or CeraLyte. Also, you may need increased fluid intake if you develop certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones. On the other hand, some conditions such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake. Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.3 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume 3.1 liters (about 13 cups) of fluids a day.
- Although it's a great idea to keep water within reach at all times, you don't need to rely only on what you drink to satisfy your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake, while the remaining 80 percent comes from water and beverages of all kinds. For example: many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and tomatoes, are 90 percent to 100 percent water by weight. Beverages such as milk and juice also are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages --- such as coffee, tea or soda --- can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is one of your best bets because it's calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.
- It's generally not a good idea to use thirst alone as a guide for when to drink. By the time you become thirsty, it's possible to already be slightly dehydrated. Further, be aware that as you get older your body is less able to sense dehydration and send your brain signals of thirst. Excessive thirst and increased urination can be signs of a more serious medical condition. Talk to your doctor if you experience either.To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. Nearly every healthy adult can consider the following: Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal. Hydrate before, during and after exercise. Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings. If you drink water from a bottle, thoroughly clean or replace the bottle often.Though uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, who drink large amounts of water are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who consume an average American diet. If you're concerned about your fluid intake, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that's best for you.
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You should drink at least eight to ten 8-ounce cups of water a day.
I just read that a dog should drink 50ml per pound. Excessive thirst in both dogs and cats is a very specific sign of an underlying problem. Normal water consumption in a do…g should not exceed 50 milliliters (a little less than 2 ounces) per pound of the dog's weight in a 24-hour period. A 50-pound dog, for example, should drink no more than 2.5 liters (10.5 cups) of water a day. COULD I PLEASE ASK WHERE YOU got this information? I have a 15 year old Jack Russell who is very sick. The vet said to give him one 5mg prednisone a day. Because he wasn't drinking anything. And was dehydrated. He is now after 3 days drinking 18 to 20 oz a day. My husband thinks that is enough! I do not think it is enough? My dog began drinking much more and I found out she was diabetic and had to give her insulin. Might want to ask your Vet, especially if she needs to urinate more too! SO PRETTY MUCH AS MUCH AS IT NEEDS!!! :)
You should drink a gallon of water a day because the fetus recycles the water in your uterus and you need to keep your baby healthy. Drinking lots of water also helps with the… recovery process.
I'm in rabbit 4-H and have 4 rabbits a dwarf rabbit is the same as any other rabbit it should drink as much as it water bottle fills or bowl fills twice a day!. You should al…low your rabbit to drink as much as it wants to keep it from becoming dehydrated. You should only worry if it's drinking excessively and not urinating to eliminate the water it drank.
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Children should drink between 6-8 glasses a day. The standard recommendation of water intake for children is at least 6-8 glasses (1.5 - 2 liters) a day, drunk regularly thr…oughout the day (at least 3-4 glasses while at school) ensuring that plenty of additional fluid is drunk during warm weather and/or when exercising. For teenage boys aged 14 over who require a higher average fluid intake of 2.6 liters (about 11 large glasses). Adults should drink half of their body weight in ounces if they only exercise about 20 minutes a day, and it is not extremely hot weather. It might be the same for children. For example if a person weighs 130 pounds they should drink at least 65 ounces of water a day.
about 180 ounces of water
8 glasses a day
Children need less water than adults but it is more important that they always be hydrated . If not, growth and development could be affected . They should be drinking a lit…tle over half their weight in ounces of water. So, if a child weighs 100 pounds, he or she should drink a little over 50 ounces of water.
Newborns do not need water at this age. They get it in their formula or breastmilk.\n. \nIt isn't until about 5-6 months that you can begin to introduce water (2 oz) twice da…ily.\n. \nAsk your pediatrician. They can give you a chart with this information--when to introduce water and baby food, etc.
very simple, drink your water out of some sort of measuring device and record all of your measurements or calculations at the end of the day.
The amount of water that a teenage boy should drink each day isabout 8 glasses. This is the same as about 1.6 liters of water perday.
According to the NHS website - 6 to 8 glasses of water.
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A average person should drink at least 8 cups of water. .
There are at least two "schools" on water intake by humans. One "school" recommends a daily water intake based on a person's weight in pounds. Divide the number of pounds i…n half - this is how many fluid ounces of water you should consume each day. So, for a 110 pound person, this would mean 55 fluid ounces of water per day. This amount should be further adjusted based on the person's level of physical activity. For example, a professional athlete should add another 30% or so, for a total of about 71-72 fluid ounces of water per day for an athlete who weighs 110 pounds. The other "school" advises to use your thirst as the measure of how much water you need. In both cases, a large portion of your water intake will come from the foods and miscellaneous beverages you consume throughout each day - it doesn't all have to be plain water. Caution: whichever method you decide to follow, be sure to spread your water intake across the entire day. Water intoxication can be fatal if you drink too much water all at once.