Everyone has heard the old adage of “8 glasses a day”. This statement is a myth, but believe or not is not that far off from the truth. The current fluid recommendations for adults is about 91 fl oz for women and 125 fl oz for men. This may seem like a lot, but this is before factoring out about 20% coming from food, which would leave us with 72 fl oz for women and 100 fl oz for men. This means that females need to drink about 9 cups and men about 12.5 cups daily to meet their needs. Though fluids such as coffee, tea and milk do contribute to your total intake, try to stick to good old water to meet most of your needs. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are rich in many nutrients, including water, so be sure to get your 5 servings in each day!
Looking for some ways to bring some life to your glass of water? Try infusing it with fruit or use calorie-free carbonated seltzer water with a splash of lemon or lime juice for a refreshing twist.
Lemon, Cucumber and Mint Infused Water
- 1 Lemon
- ½ Cucumber
- Fresh mint
- 1 Pitcher of water
Slice up 1 lemon, ½ cucumber and place in a pitcher of ice cold water. Include some fresh mint for a cool refreshing drink.