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Should I drink 8 glasses of water a day?

Most of us have heard that we should drink eight glasses of water a day. With this heat, is there enough water?

CHARLOTTE, NC – We continue to remind you to be weather aware during these extreme temperatures.

One thing you will often hear is “make sure you drink enough water”. But how much water should you drink?

Most of us have heard that we should drink eight glasses of water a day. With this heat, is there enough water?

THE QUESTION:

Should everyone always drink exactly eight glasses of water a day?

OUR SOURCES:

THE ANSWER:

No, not everyone should always drink exactly eight glasses of water a day.

WHAT WE FOUND:

According to the Mayo Clinic, water makes up about 50-70% of our body weight. Water also keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, and protects sensitive tissue. Dr. Kohli tells us that many may not need the traditional eight glasses.

“The amount we drink is like something moving that is not static every day shouldn’t be the same amount, it should be adjusted up and down depending on what you’re doing,” Dr. Kohli.

So where does the standard eight glasses of water come from?

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“It’s based on a 2,000 calorie diet,” Kohli said. “There’s a general rule that eight glasses of water comes from the fact that for every calorie you consume, you need about 1 milliliter of water.”

Kohli tells us that the best way to tell if you’re getting enough water in your system is the color of your urine.

“It should be a very light color,” Kohli said. If it starts to turn dark yellow, it means you’re not drinking enough.”

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It also depends on your activity level and if you are in a hot environment. The Mayo Clinic states that most healthy people stay hydrated by drinking water and other liquids whenever thirsty. For some people, less than eight glasses a day may be enough. However, others may need more.

Dr. Kohli tells us that you can actually get water poisoning if you drink too much.

“That means you drink so much water that you dilute the salt in your blood,” Kohli said.

Contact Meghan Bragg at mbragg@wcnc.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.


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