The onset of winter is hardly the most popular time to push the importance of drinking water. That right is normally reserved for warm, summery months when concerns about dehydration peak. But the body loses water everyday, and that needs to be replenished by what we eat and drink. How much water a person needs to replace depends on a variety of factors, such as their level of activity, the climate they live in, and diet. People who consume water-rich foods (like melons, berries, sweet peppers, cucumbers, etc.) and live in a temperate climate may not need to drink as many ounces of water as someone who avidly exercises in the tropics.
Neither group, surprisingly, may need to reach eight glasses a day. An article in British Medical Journal says that magical number is a myth, often supported by groups with financial interest in getting people to drink more water. So, the jury is out on how much water is needed, but there is general agreement that water is a key component of hydration.
Nearly 60 percent of our bodies are composed of water, and virtually every system is affected in some way by how much water we consume. If you’re looking to sneak a little more water into your daily routine, here are six tips on how to do so, and some of the benefits water has on tap.