How Much Water Should You Drink?

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The amount of water people should drink depends on their activity level, but generally eight to 10 cups of water a day is a healthy amount. Increase water intake to compensate for exercise and heat with health information from a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist in this free video on healthy eating.

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Hi, this is Rachael Richardson with Nutrolution Incorporated in South Beach, Florida. In this clip, we're talking about how much water should you drink. And basically, starting by understanding that water is completely essential for so many different functions in our body. First of all, as you know, it comprises our bloodstream and it comprises all the tissue...part of all the tissue and everything in our body. As a matter of fact, approximately 76 percent of our body is made up of water, believe it or not. So we need to keep the water coming in. We need approximately eight to ten cups a day, and this depends on what you're doing in your day and your metabolic rate and other factors. But just consider that the different things that increase your water intake are going to be exercise. They're going to be heat, so when you're sweating a lot and exercising, this is one thing. When you're doing things like I'm doing right now, which is talking or singing and you have a job that, you know, asks you to do a lot, as you exhale every time, water's coming out through our lungs. It's one of the things that we use our water for. So making sure you're increasing your water if you're doing these extra activities on top of regular living. This has been Rachael with Nutrolution in Miami Beach, Florida.

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