The oft-quoted recommendation of eight eight-ounce glasses a day is only that — a recommendation. You may need more than that, especially if you exercise vigorously, or you may need less. The rule of thumb is to check your urine — if you’re drinking enough fluids, your urine should be straw-colored. Deep yellow means your body needs more water, so drink up.
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