While Coleridge’s “Water, water, everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink” is often misquoted as “Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink,” we think that Homer Simpson’s version has a much more positive ring to it: “Water, water, everywhere, so let’s all have a drink!”
As Americans, many of us are spoiled by our easy access to water. There are certainly places that have drought-related water scarcity issues — California’s current water crisis is one that is immediately called to mind — and others with undrinkable, unhealthy, tainted water (we’re looking at you, Flint), but much of our population can safely count on Grandmother’s time-tested recommendation of eight glasses (or 64 ounces) of water daily.
Exactly how much water we should take in is up for debate. The Institute of Medicine released a report that says we should have a bit more water than 64 ounces. It states that men should have 125 ounces of total water (from beverages and food) a day, while women should have 91 ounces total per day. We asked nutritionists ourselves how much water to drink every day and got mixed messages in return.
When we’re born, our bodies are about 78 percent water. By the time we reach adulthood, this number drops to somewhere around 60 percent. Our bodies are made mostly of water (and overdosing on water is incredibly difficult to do), so we feel that taking in more than the Institute’s recommendation is a great idea in warmer weather. We’re talking about striving for one gallon (128 ounces, two-times as much water as Grandma told you to drink) daily throughout the year, especially in hotter months and when you’re more active.
In the warm summer weather, your water intake should increase as you’re more prone to losing water through sweat. The same goes for those who exercise intensely throughout the year. In addition to the following hydration hacks, we suggest avoiding these 9 Foods That Will Dehydrate You and considering some of our 12 Ice-Cold Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer. Otherwise, grab your glass and get ready for 14 of the coolest ways to convince yourself to drink more water this summer, getting happier and healthier with each ounce you drink.