How much water should you really drink?

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 19, 2017, 3:58 pm IST
Updated Jun 19, 2017, 4:00 pm IST
Drinking enough water daily is a good thing.Here’s a simple formula to help you find out how much one should drink it.
Adult men should drink 13 cups of water daily while women should consume nine (Photo: Pixabay)
 Adult men should drink 13 cups of water daily while women should consume nine (Photo: Pixabay)

One of the first things we crave after a stressful day at work, is a glass of refreshing water. It helps us feel less tired, improves our skin and can cure many ills. But let’s face it. Most of us do not know how much of water is good for us, and most of us don’t drink enough of it!

Now a medical research done by Mayo clinic in Minnesota reveals that men should be drinking 13 cups of water daily while women should consume nine.

But the study suggests that the body’s requirement for water is different from individual to individual. They have presented a simple formula that can help one understand how much water they should drink.

The formula for how much water you should be drinking:

Step 1: Take your weight (in lbs) and divide it by 2.2.

Step 2: Multiply that number by your age.

Step 3: Divide that sum by 28.3.

Step 4: Your total is how many ounces of water you should drink each day.

Divide that number by eight to see your result in cups.

The study, however, adds that for people who exercise regularly will need to drink more water to replenish the liquids that leave the system.

The American College of Sports Medicine reports that you should drink an extra 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise.

While eating food with high water content such as cucumber or watermelon may help flush out toxins form the body, eating salty food can do the exact opposite and dehydrate the system.


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