A common recommendation is to drink six or eight 240ml glasses of water or other fluid every day.
But you may need more or less, depending on your age, gender, weight, how healthy you are, how much you exercise and how hot and dry the climate is.
You may sometimes need to drink more water than usual if you:
- Exercise intensely, especially in a hot climate
- Experience extreme weather conditions (heat, humidity, cold or high altitudes)
- Are sick (such as flu) or have a health condition such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis or kidney disease).
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding
Kids need plenty of fluids as they can get dehydrated more easily than adults. And older people may need more fluids because of health conditions, including urinary tract infections.
The US Institute of Medicine recommends men get about 3.6 litres of water daily and women consume 2.6 litres – and that includes water from all foods and beverages.
The average person gets about 20% of their water for the day from food. An apple is 84% water, lettuce (95%) watermelon (92%), carrot (87%), bananas (74%) and broccoli (91%).
Even foods that you might not think of as moist, including some breads and minced beef, contain more than 50% water.
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