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It’s Summer and It’s Hot. How Much Water Should You Drink?

how much water do you need to stay hydrated

A Guest Post by Frank Graff of 919 Marketing

With another day in a long summer of days with temperatures close to 100, it seems that almost every time I turn on the news I hear the same warning: “Stay Hydrated.” And I would imagine with most of the country sweltering in a heat wave, many Americans are hearing the same warning. While it’s tempting to drink iced tea or an ice-cold soda when it’s hot, the reality is that it’s not good for you, and it can even have the opposite effect of dehydration. There are too many calories and too much sugar, not to mention the cost. Water is best, and cheapest. But that, of course, begs the question: how much water should you drink?

A report from the Mayo Clinic explains your body is about 60% water and every organ needs water, from flushing out toxins to carrying nutrients throughout your body. A lack of water leads to dehydration, which can make you tired and lead to a build-up of toxins in the body. It also makes it harder for the body to control its temperature.

In general, doctors advise drinking eight to nine cups of fluid a day and even more if you’re going to be in the summer heat. It doesn’t need to be just water, as all fluids count towards the total, but when it’s really hot it’s best to stay away from liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. Here’s the reasoning: You lose about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) in urine. Breathing, sweating and bowel movements account for another four cups. You’ll take in 20% of the fluids you need from food, which means you’ll need to consume about two liters of fluid (about eight cups) just to break even. That’s why more fluids are needed if you’re going to be out in the sun.

So exactly how much water do you need to stay hydrated? Here’s a good rule of thumb. If you drink enough fluids that you rarely feel thirsty, your body is telling you that you’re on the right track.

So grab that cold glass of water. Cheers!

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