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Your body is about 60 - 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain A LOT of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs.
A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day.
If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active.
If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water.
If you travel a lot for work HINT HINT like on an AIRPLANE, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour of air time.
ADD IT UP....that's a lot of H20 baby
Twenty percent of your water need will come from the foods you eat (hopefully you eat tons of fruit and veggies :)
The rest of your water need should come from the beverages you drink.
Hands down, water is your best bet.
Sodas have a lot of sugar in them (don't get me started on DIET SODA)
Herbal teas can be fine.
Sports drinks contain electrolytes and may be beneficial, just look out for added sugar, CORN SYRUP and calories that you don't need.
Caffeinated beverages will also add to your daily water need. Even though caffeine is a diuretic, if you regularly consume caffeine, your body will regulate itself to that diuretic effect. Coffee is my vice so I add a more water to make up for that!