Here's what you've got to know about getting enough fluids into you: Drink when you're thirsty.
While it's true that water is one of the best things that you can be drinking, other healthy beverages like herbal teas & infusions, smoothies, kombucha, kefir and juices are also healthy and hydrating to the body. It doesn't just have to be water, and it doesn't necessarily have to be eight glasses a day. It also doesn't necessarily have to be half of your weight number in ounces (i.e. a 150lb person should drink 75oz of water per day). There's little to no evidence based research to support these claims.
So don't obsess too much over how much water you're drinking. Avoid sugary drinks, too much caffeine, and drinks that contain additives for which we have no idea what the long term effects on the body are. Get to know your body, and drink when you're thirsty.
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I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.