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How much water do I need to drink?

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You often hear that you need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board recommended that women actually need 91 ounces of water daily, and men need 125 ounces. You can get enough water each day by drinking water and other fluids like soup and drinks, along with lots of fruits and vegetables, which contain water. If you do something strenuous, like playing sports or running, you'll need extra water before, during, and after.

SOURCES:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: ''Water on Tap: What You Need to Know,'' and ''Filtration Facts.''

CDC: ''Water: Meeting Your Daily Fluid Needs.''

American Council on Fitness: ''Fit Facts: Healthy Hydration.''

FDA: "Regulation of Bottled Water."

New York Times: ''Rising Sales of Bottled Water Trigger Strong Reaction From U.S. Conservationists.''

Beverage Marketing Corporation: "Bottled Water Shows Strength Yet Again, New Report from Beverage Marketing Corporation Shows," April 26, 2013.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 17, 2020

SOURCES:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: ''Water on Tap: What You Need to Know,'' and ''Filtration Facts.''

CDC: ''Water: Meeting Your Daily Fluid Needs.''

American Council on Fitness: ''Fit Facts: Healthy Hydration.''

FDA: "Regulation of Bottled Water."

New York Times: ''Rising Sales of Bottled Water Trigger Strong Reaction From U.S. Conservationists.''

Beverage Marketing Corporation: "Bottled Water Shows Strength Yet Again, New Report from Beverage Marketing Corporation Shows," April 26, 2013.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 17, 2020

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