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Is It Necessary to Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day? (The Dissension)

Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day: First and foremost, water is required.

Water is healthy for you; it makes up a large part of your body, and as you lose fluids through sweat, exertion, biological functions, and other means, drinking water can help you restore those fluids.

HOWEVER,

The “eight glasses of water a day” rule does not apply to everyone.

In fact, there’s no solid evidence that this is the correct amount.

We are all different snowflakes, and, as we’ve already said (the right workout, the right nutrition), we all need different amounts of water.

“Everyone is different, but that’s okay,” says the chef.

Someone who exercises on a regular basis and goes on a lot of long runs will need more water than someone who does not exercise on a regular basis.

There is no one-size-fits-all amount of water that works for everyone.

So, where did the magical “eight glasses of water each day” statistic originate?

Nobody knows for sure.

Han Solo shrugs in a gif because he, too, has no idea where that piece of advice came from.

According to Snopes, the following is true:

In 1945, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council said that adults should drink about 2.5 liters of water per day, which is about the same as eight glasses of water. However, it also said that most of this amount was already being eaten, so there was no need to drink more water.

That’s true; the food you eat provides you with a large amount of water. Water makes up a large part of our bodies, and it also makes up a large part of the earth… Why shouldn’t water make up a large portion of our diet as well?

As a result, sure. It is critical to drink plenty of water.

However, the “eight glasses a day” argument falls flat (ha! ), because we acquire a large percentage of our daily H2O from the food we eat. Fruits, vegetables, and even meat have a lot of water in them, which helps us meet our daily water needs.

Do you have any idea what else counts?

We drink every other beverage.

Tea, coffee, sweet beverages, milk, juices, and even alcoholic beverages are all examples. [3]

How Much Water Do You Really Need in a Day? (Sustain Your Thirst)

It’s adorable.

So now you know you don’t have to drink 8 glasses of water every day.

It could be less or more than that.

So, how much do you require?

Honestly, when you’re thirsty, drink.

That is all there is to it. I’m taking a break!

Again, I’m joking.

But, seriously, thirst is a pretty accurate indicator of when you need to drink more water. Do you think dogs, cats, and elephants are concerned about dehydration?

No, they just drink water when their bodies tell them they’re thirsty.

An adorable elephant takes a drink from a hose.

We nerds tend to think too much, analyze too much, and drive ourselves crazy with too much information.

Now, if you’re one of those folks who needs even more advice, have a look at the color of your pee.

I know, it’s strange.

This chart is an excellent way to tell if your pee is the right shade:

This PE color chart will help you decide whether or not you need to drink more water.

Consider the following:

  • The first three categories from the top, or “lemonade” color, are what you want to aim for (figuratively).
  • You’re dehydrated if your pee starts to taste like Lemon Lime Gatorade (4th category down). The darker and browner the color gets from here, the more dehydrated you are.
  • If your pee turns out to be a completely different hue, I would seek medical help right away. Thank you very much.

What if your pee is completely colorless? It’s possible that you’re “overhydrated,” as we discuss in this section.

So, how can you know if something is amiss or if you’re dehydrated?

The Three Amigos are at a moment where they definitely need more water.

Your key indicators of dehydration, according to the National Institute of Health, are:

  • A thirsty sensation (obviously).
  • Having a dry or sticky mouth
  • Urine flow is poor or absent, and the urine is a dark yellow color.
  • Eyes that have sunk
  • Lethargy

You may be dehydrated if you experience one or more of these symptoms. We need to take this seriously because severe dehydration can be dangerous to your health and perhaps put you into a coma.

This isn’t good. So, whenever you’re thirsty, drink some water.

Someone finally sips water in a scene from the Three Amigos.

There’s a popular misconception that “if you’re thirsty, it’s too late; you’re already dehydrated.”

This is also incorrect.

If you’re starting to feel dehydrated, a glass of water might help you get back on track.

Let’s talk about a short hack to keep you hydrated all the time if you’re frequently dehydrated.

How to Increase Your Water Consumption

The video above is part of our Nerd Fitness Prime Daily Win series.

The series is built on brief activities (5 minutes or less) that you may do to help develop healthy habits.

In this video, Coach Lauren demonstrates an easy technique for staying hydrated throughout the day: drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning!

That way, you can start the day fully hydrated before the craziness begins:

A gif showing a pirate refusing to drink water because he’s too busy.

It can also assist you in waking up and seizing the day.

Here are some more water-drinking suggestions:

Fill a water bottle with water before going to bed, leave it out in the open, and drink it first thing in the morning.

If you don’t like the flavor of water, consider infusing your overnight bottle with cucumber slices and mint leaves. The flavor will pervade your morning water!

If cucumbers and mint aren’t your thing, add some frozen berries or cut-up lemon instead.

Many of our coaching clients have told us that drinking water first thing in the morning makes them feel more energetic throughout the day.

Next, I’d want to address a frequently asked question from our readers.

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