The Dietary Reference Intakes from the Institute of Medicine recommend a total daily beverage intake of 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women. This amount is for generally healthy people living in temperate climates. The recommended amount of fluids can come from a variety of sources such as sports drinks, water, juice, milk, tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages.  We also get fluids from foods we eat such as fresh fruits and vegetables.  I recommend avoiding high amounts of sugary soft and fizzy drinks as they are high in sugar content and bad for your teeth.

How can you increase your fluid intake?

Consider the following tips:

  • Have Fresh Fruit for a Snack! The majority of watermelon is water!
  • Make fluids accessible!  Carry a water bottle with you on the go!
  • Drinking water all day can get a little boring, so add flavor! Be creative!  Add fruit or cucumber for a refreshing twist!