Do You Drink Enough Water Every Day?

Many people think they're drinking enough water throughout the day only to discover upon closer inspection that they're not. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, men should have approximately 13 cups and women 9 - not including water from food intake. That probably sounds like a lot, especially since it's more than the eight glasses of water you've likely heard about in the past, but with careful planning, it's definitely doable. The best way to start is to take this quiz to find out if you're currently drinking enough water and if your body has been giving you not-so-subtle signs that you're not. Is it as glitzy as finding out if you resemble your favorite celebrity or if you'll be a millionaire sooner than later? Probably not. However, getting your water intake on track may help you feel healthier and better overall, and that's something to celebrate. Keep going to learn more if you're drinking enough water throughout the day.

Science lesson!

Yeah, there's tons of water in space

  • In its liquid state, water naturally occurs outside Earth and is considered one of the critical prerequisites for life as we know it. This makes it essential for the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
  • Many celestial bodies in the Solar System have a hydrosphere, but Earth is the only one known to have stable bodies of liquid water on its surface.
  • The presence of liquid water on Earth is maintained by our planet's atmospheric pressure and stable orbit in the Sun's circumstellar habitable zone. However, the origin of Earth's water remains uncertain.
  • Astronomers, astrobiologists, and planetary scientists use various methods, including absorption spectroscopy, geochemistry, and radiometry, to determine the potential for liquid water on other celestial bodies.
  • Scientists infer that liquid water once covered large areas of Mars and Venus. Water is thought to exist as liquid beneath the surface of some planetary bodies, similar to groundwater on Earth.
  • In June 2020, NASA scientists reported that it is likely that exoplanets with oceans may be common in the Milky Way galaxy, based on mathematical modeling studies.
  • As of December 2015, the confirmed liquid water in the Solar System outside Earth is 25–50 times the volume of Earth's water.
  • Scientists' consensus is that a layer of liquid water exists beneath the surface of Europa, a moon of Jupiter, and that heat from tidal flexing allows the subsurface ocean to remain liquid.
  • Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, has shown geysers of water, confirmed by the Cassini spacecraft in 2005 and analyzed more deeply in 2008. Gravimetric data in 2010–2011 confirmed a subsurface ocean.
  • A subsurface saline ocean is theorized to exist on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, following observation by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2015.
  • Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, appears to be differentiated into a rocky core and icy mantle and may have a remnant internal ocean of liquid water under the layer of ice.
  • The "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune are thought to have a supercritical water ocean beneath their clouds, which accounts for about two-thirds of their total mass.
  • In June 2020, astronomers reported evidence that the dwarf planet Pluto may have had a subsurface ocean and consequently may have been habitable when it was first formed.

Did you know?

What beverages and foods count towards a daily water intake?

If you're not the biggest fan of drinking water, you'll be happy to know that your daily water intake doesn't have to depend strictly on good ol' H₂O.

Other beverages, including coffee and green tea, count toward the intake. Some additional beverages, such as low-fat milk, fruit juice, hot tea, coconut water, kombucha, and hot chocolate, also count. However, try and make it a point to stick to water as much as possible and avoid sugary drinks.

Chowing down on fruits and vegetables is great, but if you're trying to up your water intake, gravitate toward ones with high water content. Pineapple, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, oranges, bell peppers, celery, and strawberries are some of the many delicious options to consider.

A key method for increasing your water intake is to find ways to do it that you don't find boring. Not everyone loves plain water or wants to dig into a bowl of strawberries. Take the quiz, learn your results, and talk to your doctor to come up with a plan that's best for you and your health.

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