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You Really Don't Need to Drink Eight Glasses of Water Each Day

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  • The recommendation to drink eight 8-ounce glasses (known as 8x8 for short) of water a day is not scientifically backed
  • The best way to determine how much water you need is to listen to your body and let thirst be your guide
  • It’s a myth that waiting to drink until you’re thirsty is too late, because by then you’re already dehydrated; your body’s physiologic thirst mechanism is triggered before you’re dehydrated

By Dr. Mercola

The common mantra that you need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to stay healthy and hydrated may be one of the biggest health myths out there.

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