Why Water Matters
By Mary E. Lewis, MD
June 16, 2017
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Water/fluid intake is always important, but even more important in these hot dry summer months.

Water comprises about 70% of our total body weights.  Recently, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended total fluid/beverage intake instead of water-only intake.  Obviously, the beverages we drink should be mostly water or unsweetened beverages.  An easy way to make sure we are drinking enough fluids is to make sure we have clear urine.

Recommended daily water intake by age:

5-8 years----5 cups (1 liter)

9-12 years--7  cups (1.5 liters)

13+ years---8-10 cups (2+ liters)

Adults---men 13 cups (3 liters) and women 9 cups (2.2 liters)

With moderate exercise we should add 1.5 to 2.5 extra cups per day.  Drink up!