Good answers!!! Here is an easy way, how do you feel? Are your lips dry, mouth feels like a sip of water would be good? Drink water, eat fruits and vegetables that are high in juice. The 8x8 glasses of water has been around for years, this is a good starting point. But, if you live in a dry arid place that is hot, or a humid, hot climate that amount of water is just the beginning. Now through in exercise, catching the bus in the heat and you will be dehydrated with just the 8x8 water rule. So, what does all this really good advise mean? Start at 68 oz. or your weight divided by 2 and keep drinking water, juice, milk, eat juicy fruits and vegetables. Oh, yes lower the caffeine and added sugars they keep you from benefiting from that wonderful water ie.. you will pee away the goodness ..
There's a lot of good advice here, at least from personal experience. I've never heard of the half-body-weight trick, but it might just be an easier way to validate drinking more water. You should drink enough water so that you're not thirsty, generally speaking, and that will depend on how much you sweat. I live in Thailand so I sweat alot, every day, and I have a steady intake of about 6 liters a day, which is 1.5 gallons (silly USA with its Imperial system - go metric or go away!). It's *very* hard to over-hydrate, as your body will just pee out whatever excess water there is in it.
I suggest experimenting with yourself. Keep a water bottle (which volume you know) of some kind around you, drink at it until it's empty, then refill. Count the number of bottles in one day, multiply by the volume, and you've found how much water your body seems to need. Of course, if you exercise or sweat a lot, you'll need more water than "normal", but over the course of a week you'd be able to figure out a pretty solid idea of how much water your body needs. You will have answered your own question, and learned about your body at the same time; yay, science!
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8 - 8oz. glasses is what most doctors recommend but go with what your body is asking for once you've done the 8 glasses. If you drink. more that's okay...just don't drink it ALL at one time. It can be fatal; no joke. Once your body is thristy, you are already down a pint of water in your body.
The above answers are good suggestions but I will add that how much you sweat does make a difference. I have a very low tolerance for heat and I think the reason is that I sweat very little, even during vigorous exercise. I spent most of my time in water growing up so many the sweat glands didn't develop enough or something. I am rarely ever thirsty. If I drank 6-8 8oz glasses a day, I would literally float away. So that is good advice for most people but perhaps you are an exception like me.
I would say 64 ounces. Though some would argue that you have to use how many ounces you weigh and divide by 2. I find this completely illogical however because %70 percent of your body is fluid such as water and water makes up a great deal of your weight. So dividing your ounce by 2 would just make a bigger effect on your weight meaning you would consume more water then you started. But whatever. Also it depends on where you are living. If you are living in a place that is hot and humid you would sweat more meaning you would need more water. Around 70 ounces in that circumstance. Hope you liked my answer =).
Because the above answers are across the board, in many varieties of units and containers, it would seem one must decide for him/herself. SO, I double the number/quantity of coffee I drink (since I'm scolded about how that somehow defeats the purpose of drinking water), all of which puts me down to about a half gallon per hour...plus whatever I get in my food... I think
AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. This is what I found out but, this is for total FLUIDS so its just not water.
Well you should atleast have one bottle. But if it isn't enough it's easy to tell by your body. If your dizzy,and you don't feel as good as usual you probably need more. Or if your lips are chap,you have a headache then you need more. Hope this helps!
All those answers are good, depending on the person, but not too much. You actually can overload on water, it causes you blood cells to inflate with extra moisture, then makes them blow up, killing you. This is not violent, please don't report it, it is just a warning.