Drinking enough water every day is good for overall health. It has zero calories, helps with managing body weight, and reduces caloric intake when substituted for drinks with calories, like regular soda. In addition, drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, result in mood change, cause your body to overheat, constipation, and kidney stones.
The National Academy of Medicine suggests an adequate intake of daily fluids of about 13 cups and 9 cups for healthy men and women, respectively, with 1 cup equaling 8 ounces (230 ml). However, physically active people or those who are exposed to hot climates may need higher amounts.
People with smaller body sizes may require lower amounts. It’s important to note that this amount is not a daily target but a general guide. For an average person, drinking less will not necessarily compromise one’s health as each person’s exact fluid needs vary.