You’re Probably Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day. Here’s Why.

As it turns out, eight glasses a day just doesn't cut it.

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At one point or another, you were likely told to drink eight glasses of water each day for a happy, healthy life. While that certainly isn’t bad advice, there’s a much better way to determine your daily water goals. Follow along as we teach you how much water you really need to drink each day.

Why Drink Water?

Water is probably the most underrated health product available. (Psst! These “healthy” foods are the most overrated!) It’s critical to our body’s mechanics, and it also helps promote clear skin and prevent illness.

How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day?

The amount of water you should consume depends on many personalized factors: your weight, age and gender. To determine how much water your body needs, follow this calculation:

  • Divide your weight by 2.2.
  • Multiply that number using these guidelines:
    • If you’re younger than 30, multiply by 40
    • If you’re between 30 and 50, multiply by 35
    • If you’re older than 55, multiply by 30
  • Divide the answer by 28.3
  • Your final calculation is the number of ounces of water you should drink every day.

Too complicated? Then simply follow the Mayo Clinic’s broad recommendations:

  • Men need about 124 ounces water every day
  • Women need about 92 ounces of water every day

That being said, water isn’t only in, well, water. It’s also in a variety of other foods. So you can reach your daily goal by consuming a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables or enjoying other hydrating drinks.

Tap this top-rated source of health by bringing a water bottle everywhere you go. And if plain water isn’t doing it for you, add flavor by throwing in a slice of fruit or a splash of juice. Or get creative with these insanely easy infused water recipes. You can also try one of the best sparkling water brands to mix it up. Happy sipping!