While there is little evidence to back up the notion that one may need up to 8 glasses of water per day, there are many benefits to staying hydrated. Staying hydrated helps physical performance. If someone isn’t properly hydrated, high intensity exercise may become difficult or impossible. Adequate water intake also helps the brain to function properly and efficiently. In addition, fluids may help treat or even prevent future headaches. Drinking water will also help get your gut moving and relieve symptoms of constipation. Kidney stones are also a common issue among many people; drinking water will help to treat them. Finally, drinking water is proven to cure hangovers and aid in your weight loss journey! In sum, drinking water and keeping hydrated throughout the day has countless benefits.
- According to the 8×8 rule, it’s wise to drink 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day to replenish our bodies, which are approximately 60% fluid.
- It is not uncommon for athletes, in particular, to lose as much as 6-10% of their body fluid via sweating.
- Losing that much fluid can lead to both physical and mental lethargy and a lack of motivation to continue onward.
“So, if you exercise intensely and tend to sweat, then staying hydrated can help you perform at your absolute best.”