How much fluid should I drink every day?
You’ve probably heard you should have eight glasses daily, but it turns out that’s a little low. (This popular recommendation has been around mainly because it’s easy to remember—8 ounces eight times per day.) “A good baseline is 2.2 liters, or about 9 cups of fluid a day,” Dr. Peeke says. You may need even more if you’re overweight, live at a high altitude or are working in extremely hot weather, all of which are dehydrating factors. Experts agree that your best gauge is that time-tested one: checking your pee. “You want it to be the color of lemonade,” says Kim Larson, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If it’s medium to dark yellow, down a glass, stat. Sorry, but you don’t get any bonus points for clear urine, a sign that you’re actually drinking more than you need. According to a major review published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, there’s no significant evidence that guzzling extra glasses will help flush your body of toxins, improve skin tone or reduce headaches any better than being adequately hydrated will.
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