Do You Really Need 8 Glasses of Water Per Day? Turns Out, Maybe Not

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If you’re still struggling to meet that 8 glasses of water per day mandate, listen up. One doctor claims that the “number” is a total health myth, and not meeting the quota might not be horrible after all. According to a New York Times article written by pediatrician Aaron E. Carroll, you don’t need to stress out if you’re not actually downing a solid 8 glasses, and it definitely doesn’t mean you’re dehydrated.

In the article, the doctor states that there’s “no science” behind that ironclad rule, despite all the fuss, and then points out the obvious: you can get the hydration you need through what you eat. Water is in fruits and vegetables and yep, you can even get it by drinking that iced coffee. And if you’re one of those people that has been told that your cup of joe will leave you dehydrated, Carroll goes as far to explain that even that is myth.

Basically, you don’t need to chug bottle after bottle to properly hydrate your bod if you’re getting it from other sources. Hand over the fruit tray, please!

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So what about all those celebs who swear by chugging tons and tons of it for glowing, plump, and wrinkle-free skin? The author says that there isn’t proof that drinking extra water has health benefits, either.

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So, what’s the takeaway here? Clearly your body needs water, and its a good thing to be drinking it, always, but there might not be a standard we all need to be following all of the time, and in Carroll’s opinion, it really depends on your own particular diet and lifestyle – not everyone else’s.