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Your body uses the water in beverages and foods to stay hydrated.
A recent study found that men and women ages 20-39 consume close to the recommended amount of water per day.
Did you know? Consuming inadequate amounts of water can contribute to poorer cognitive performance.
Sources: Grandjean, A.C. & Grandjean, N.R. (October 26, 2007) Dehydration and cognitive performance. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Supplement: 549S-554S.
Your body is made up of about 60% water. Your body depends on water to help:
You need more water:
Dehydration can lead to:
It’s important to drink enough water or other liquids to stay hydrated.
Being hydrated helps you to be able to keep your energy up during physical activity.
Water needs vary by age, body size, weather, activity, and other factors. When you are thirsty, drink up. This is a sign that your body is low on water.
Follow daily hydration guidelines based upon your age and gender.
2004 Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences Hydration Guidelines
|14-18 years||14 cups (3.3 L) total water, including ~11 cups (2.6 L ) as total beverages, including drinking water.||9 cups (2.1L) total water, including ~7 cups (1.6 L) as total beverages, including drinking water.|
|19-70+ years||16 cups (3.7 L) total water, including ~13 cups (3 L) as total beverages, including drinking water.||11.5 cups (2.7 L) total water, including ~9 cups (2.2 L) as total beverages, including drinking water.|
* 1 cup equals 8 fluid ounces (~240 ml). Figures rounded up to the nearest 10 ml.