How Much Water Do You Drink Every Day?

For a long time I didn't drink much water. My husband was always nagging me to drink more, but I thought that I got plenty in my food, and I really thought that those water recommendations were absurdly inflated anyway.

Well, lately I have been drinking substantially more water, for various reasons, and I've been amazed at how different I feel — more alert, less hungry, and obviously less thirsty too, in this summer heat.

It made me wonder: How much water do you all drink? Are you gulpers, or sippers? Do you drink a glass or two a day, or lots more?

I know that there are differing sets of research on how much water our bodies actually need. Some research says that we only need a few glasses a day, and that the rest comes in food. Other research says that we need much more — up to and over 100 ounces per day.

As sort of an experiment, I have been drinking a little over 100 ounces each day, and I've felt rather different. I drink an entire 24 ounces in the mornings before I even eat or have coffee, and I have felt instantly alert in a way that is unusual for me!

So far I am really liking this new water regimen, and I plan on sticking with it for a while.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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