If you have walked into a department store and tried on a pair of pants, you probably realized that there is no such thing as “one size fits all.”

Each of us are unique in the ways that we are shaped. Our height, weight, face-shape, head-size, hair-color, and foot-size, among many others, can contribute to the plethora of decisions we must make about our appearance. It requires research, time, and patience.

In much the same way, our bodies require special attention to ensure that each unique need is being met. Everything from where we live to the genes that we have plays a part into how much water our bodies require to function fluidly. According to the Mayo Clinic,

“The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.”

While these findings are generally accurate, they are only able to provide a baseline to work off of. For some, these calculations are exactly what they need for healthy living, while others will need to experiment with the suggested amounts of water.

The amount of water needed can fluctuate based on the temperature (summer versus winter), nature of work (working on a construction crew versus working in an office), time spent working out, and the contents of your diet.

Time for some homework! The best way for you to figure out how much water you need to drink in a day is by personal observation. Take some time now to think about your daily routine. Do you work out every day? Do you live somewhere exceptionally warm? You can also experiment. Start a health journal, or download a fitness app like MyFitnessPal to help you monitor your water intake and how you are feeling as a result.

Knowing the proper amount of water your body needs can pay off both in the short and long term in your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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