Opinions differ all the time on how much water a person should drink in 24 hours. Does it matter how much you weigh? Or how active you are? Hopefully we can find the answers!

Did you know that your body is made up of almost 60% water, and we are constantly losing some through sweat and urination? So, how much water should we be drinking on a daily basis to replenish it? Turns out, that varies with the individual.

If you are more active, your body will require more water to recover. Hot climates also effect a person's needed water count. Breastfeeding, and losing water during sickness (vomitting and diarrhea) may also be factors. Thankfully, humans have the natural thirst instinct, and that is a good indicator on how much water you truly need.

But, if you really need to know what professionals recommend, here's a good rule to follow:

"There are many different opinions on how much water we should be drinking every day. The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember." - Kris Gunnars, BSc from Authority Nutrition

So, now that we know we should be taking in (about) a half gallon of water a day, do you actually get the recommended amount? If not, how much water do you actually drink in 24 hours? Let us know!


Also, if you want a more "individualized" calculator to find out how much you should be drinking, take the CamelBak Hydration Calculator HERE!

SOURCE: Authority Nutrition