We have traditionally been told to drink eight glasses of water a day. However, that number is greatly debated and there is no clear-cut answer to that question currently. What’s more important is to make sure you are drinking enough water to not feel thirsty. All living things need water to live. People can live several weeks without food, but only a few days without water. Your body will need more water when exercising, in a hot climate, or if you are ill.

Here are some helpful tips from CDC on drinking water:

  • Carry a reusable water bottle for easy access when you are at work, at the gym, or running errands. It’s easy, affordable, and far more environmentally friendly than single-use water bottles.
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you nearly 240 empty calories. During the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Add wedges of limes, lemons, or even slices of cucumber to your water. This is a healthy way to add flavor and help you drink more water than you usually do.