There’s no question that people get thirstier during the summer months, with heat causing the body to lose more hydration through sweat and activity. However, the old conventional wisdom that eight glasses a day of water as the optimal amount may actually not be the case anymore.
A CBS News story reported that a new article in the Harvard Health Letter recommended that people should consume between 30-50 ounces of water a day, or 4-6 glasses. These levels should also increase with increases in exercise, activity and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
While water is necessary to carry nutrients to your body and flush pathogens out, we may actually be over hydrating. If you’re thirsty, obviously you should drink water. Remember that many fruits during the summer season like melons, peaches and plums have a high water content, and so you are getting hydrated from what you eat as well.
The take home is pay attention to how you feel. If you feel sluggish and dizzy all day, or just don’t have enough energy, maybe it’s time to up your water consumption. Find that sweet spot and feel your best every day.
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