Does Drinking More Water Really Work?
Claim: The average person needs to drink eight glasses of water per day to avoid being “chronically dehydrated.”
“You need to drink eight glasses of water per day to be healthy” is one of our more widely-known basic health tips. But do we really need to drink that much water on a daily basis?
In general, to remain healthy we need to take in enough water to replace the amount we lose daily through excretion, perspiration, and other bodily functions, but that amount can vary widely from person to person, based upon a variety of factors such as age, physical condition, activity level, and climate.
The “8 glasses of water per day” is a rule of thumb, not an absolute minimum, and not all of our water intake need come in the form of drinking water.
Are you drinking a healthy amount of water each day?