How Much Water Should I Drink? Harvard Health Publishing Article
Harvard Health Publishing: How much water should you drink?
“The key to staying hydrated is drinking fluids throughout the day.”
The article talks about how it is important to stay hydrated everyday, not only when the temperatures rise. Some adults don’t sense thirst as well as they age.
It discuss the many important jobs water plays:
- carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- flushing bacteria from your bladder
- aiding digestion
- preventing constipation
- normalizing blood pressure
- stabilizing the heartbeat
- cushioning joints
- protecting organs and tissues
- regulating body temperature
- maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.
How do I know if I am not drinking enough water? low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion,or dark urine.
Most people need about four – six cups of water a day (32 – 48 ounces) for healthy people.
If you have an illness or are taking prescription drugs, you should consult with your doctor.
During exercise, or on a hot day, you should drink about 2 – 3 cups per hour, and even more if you are sweating heavily.
All beverages containing water contribute to the total your body needs, even caffeinated and alcoholic ones, because the net contribution will be positive.