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Are You Drinking Enough Water?
The average adult loses about 2½ quarts or more (about 10 cups or more) of water daily through bodily functions such as perspiration, urination and even breathing. Your body does not store extra water for times when you need more like it does with some other nutrients.
To avoid dehydration and to keep your body working normally, drink plenty of fluids during the day. It’s recommended that males age 19 and older should drink 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of fluids daily, and women age 19 and older should drink 2.7 liters (91 ounces) daily.
Some ways to Drink Right, Every Day, Your Way and increase your water intake include:
- Drink mostly water and fluids with no or few calories.
- Take water breaks during the day instead of coffee breaks.
- Keep a cup or water on your desk for "mindless" sipping.
- Drink beverages without added sugars such as water, fat-free or low-fat milk or 100 percent fruit juice instead of soda.
- Keep bottled water with you as you commute or run errands. Use reusable water bottles when possible.
To learn more about proper hydration, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips. For more information on proper hydration for athletes, visit our Hydrate Right page.
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Reviewed January 2013