You may have heard that drinking 64 ounces of water a day is standard, but according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicines, you should be drinking a little more.
The adequate intake (AI) recommends around 95 ounces for women over the age of 19 and 131 ounces for men over the age of 19. When you’re figuring out how much water to drink, consider these factors:
- Age: Children need less water, while the elderly need more.
- Activity level: Whether you’re running a 5K or a marathon, athletes lose more water through perspiration. It’s important to refuel before, during, and after workouts.
- Pregnancy/breastfeeding: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should increase water consumption.
- Climate: While you’re soaking up the sun, make sure to replenish your fluids more often.
- Health: When you’re experiencing symptoms of illness like vomiting or fever, make sure to increase your water to stay hydrated.
When in doubt, listen to your body. Studies show that humans feel thirst before any negative effects of dehydration begin. So when you’re thirsty, drink up!