While the general thinking is that we should all follow the 8×8 rule, or 8 servings of 8 ounces of water (which amounts to 2 quarts daily), the truth is much less black and white.
The 8×8 rule is really an antiquated idea that continues to be espoused as fact. Unfortunately, the rule doesn’t take into account factors like:
In any case, it’s been a long time since the scientific community used the 8×8 rule. So how on earth are you supposed to calculate how much water you need?
Well, the Institute of Medicine (the people behind recommended daily allowances), takes these factors into account and recommends
However, while a good guideline, this is not always accurate. At an individual level, you will need more water depending on how active you are. If you’re exercising, you’re going to need more water than otherwise.
Also, depending on the weather where you live, you need to drink more water the more the temperature goes up.
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