1) How Much Water?
Institute of Medicine recommends an average amount of water for women & men:
Women: 9 glasses of water per day (72 ounces)
Men: 13 glasses of water per day (104 ounces)
You will need more if you are tall, overweight, active or on very hot days.
2) Drinking is Not Enough! Also Have to Eat Water-Rich Foods.
In addition to drinking water you need to have about 2-3 glasses (16-24 ounces) of water from the foods you eat. Fruits and veggies are the highest water foods. Enjoy produce such as:
-romaine lettuce; 1 cup has 1.5 ounces of water
-corn; 1 ear has 2.5 ounces of water
-grapes; 1 cup has 4 ounces of water
-watermelon; 1 cup has 5 ounces of water
3) Use Gadgets & Tricks to Help You Drink More.
-Sparkling Juice Spritizers. Add a shot (1.5 ounces) of 100% fruit juice to sparkling water or club soda.
-Iced Herbal Tea. Try teas such as "hibiscuis" tea (such as "Red Zinger").
-Use iPhone app to get gentle reminders to drink water each hour (such as "Water Reminder"; $0.99).
First Published: Jul 19, 2011 1:41 AM CST