Everywhere you look, there is a different “magic” number of glasses of water you should be drinking: Is it six glasses per day or is it eight?
It can be very confusing and hard to decide if you are drinking the right amount.
Also confusing is the misconception that we must drink a certain amount of water, when in fact we only need to consume the right amount of fluid to stay hydrated. A fluid is any liquid, including coffee, tea, milk, juice, water and other drinks, but it also includes foods that are mainly water, such as some fruits, vegetables and soups.
It is very important to be well-hydrated for our bodies to carry out our daily tasks. A person's fluid needs are affected by a number of different factors, so there is no "magic" amount that you should be taking in. There are, however, many ways to tell if you are properly hydrated:
Use these tools to help you decide how much water is right for you. If you would like more detailed or personalized information, make an appointment with a registered dietitian at Bastyr Center for Natural Health by calling (206) 834-4100.
— Natalie Libby, dietetic intern, and Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
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