As recommended by The Mayo Clinic, optimal hydration consists of the following daily fluid-intake guidelines:
- For men, approximately 100 ounces or 13 (8-ounce) cups per day
- For women, approximately 75 ounces or nine (8-ounce) cups per day
Note that these amounts are more than the traditional notion to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day and you may need even more when you exercise.
To learn more about fluid-intake guidelines before, during, and after exercise read Strong Body SA’s article on this topic in the July issue of Natural Awakenings magazine here: Summer’s Hydration Equation: Hydrate Properly to Beat the Heat