How much water should you drink in a day?

September 2, 2016

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Lauren
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Water seems to be the magic ingredient to living a healthy life, right?

Glowing skin, weight loss, sickness prevention, bacteria elimination: These are all benefits that water supposedly has.

But how much water should we drink in a day?

8 glasses? 10 glasses? 50% of your body weight in ounces?

There’s no easy answer.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups of water for men, and 9 cups for women.

Experts interviewed by WebMD recommend one ounce or an ounce and a half for every pound you weigh.

Experts interviewed by Time Magazine recommend drinking enough water that your urine is a pale color.

Harvard recommends 30 to 50 ounces.

So as you see, there’s no general consensus on HOW much to drink, but drinking enough water in a day is super important (the average American only drinks four cups a day).

Here is why:

Drinking water can help with weight loss by “filling you up” and boosting metabolism.

Water can help with constipation and flushing waste products out of your liver and kidneys.

Higher water intake can possible help prevent bladder cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.

Drinking enough water can help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches, dry skin, sleepiness and muscle cramps.

Water can help keep your joints lubricated and protect your spinal cord.

Adequate amounts of water will help keep your body temperature normal.

So in other words, make sure you drink your water! And if you’re not sure how much, just stick with the ol’ 8 glasses a day rule.