The old adage tells us that “You are what you eat,”  but we think that you are what you drink - and that’s mostly water.

Did you know that about 60% of the average adult body is made of water? Water is not only a vital element to our planet, but it’s also crucial to a healthy life. Water does many things for our bodies - it helps us regulate body temperature, transport nutrients, flush waste, and lubricate joints. Water also helps us control our calorie intake by making us feel full, increasing our energy levels, and clearing our skin by flushing out toxins that cause clogged pores and pimples. So, it’s no secret that water’s benefits are endless. But, how much of it should we drink?

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine suggests that an adequate daily intake of fluids should be about 15 cups for men and 11 cups for women. This includes anything from water, other beverages, and food, which contributes to about 20% of our daily fluid intake. The common guideline for water is to drink about 6 to 8 eight ounce glasses per day. Although this is a reasonable goal, you may need to modify your needs based on several factors like your daily level of physical activity, the climate and environment you live in, and your overall health. For example, substances such as alcohol and caffeine cause you to excrete more water from your body, making you feel dehydrated, so you may need more water.

Water diagram

Above all, you want to make sure that you are staying hydrated - and there’s no better way to do so than by drinking water. While there are a ton of fancy (and pricey!) bottled options out there, we suggest San Jose Water - it’s right in your home and ready to drink!