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How much water should an athlete drink a day?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Hydration: A good easy rule is enough so that the urine is pale yellow rather than dark. Hydration in athletes is made more complicated by techniques to "make weight" that work but are unhealthy and can ruin your enjoyment of the event.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How much water should a person drink in a day?

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Dr. Reid Winick
Dentistry 33 years experience
1/2 your body weight: 100 lbs =50ounces per day.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Approximately how much water should I drink a day?

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Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Water: I believe on a usual day we need 1 liter of water per day and on very very hot days we need 2 to3 liters per day, drinking too much water can lead to water intoxication which can cause confusion, seizures, coma and death due to low sodium etc.
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A 53-year-old female asked:

How much water should someone drink a day?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Enough to pee: As long as you pee at least every 6-8 hours your fluid intake is fine. You gain water value from liquids, vegetables, ice cream, etc. A person does not need to drink water to be properly hydrated.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you drink too much water in a day?

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Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
Dentistry 9 years experience
Yes: If you kept drinking water all day long your body will tell you when to stop . If you were to ignore the symptoms of fullness you will most likely start to have problems. 8 to 10 glasses of water is healthy and if you are working out side in the heat you may need more.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

How much water should be drink in a day?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Drink when thirsty: There is no particular amount of water needed by healthy persons, and no need to keep track of how much you drink. Drink water or other fluids as needed to satisfy your thirst. Otherwise forget it.
Dr. David Mckinney
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I was taught that daily water consumption should be your weight in pounds divided by 2 equals number of ounces of daily water.
Aug 17, 2015
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Provided original answer
That's one guideline. Another is 2-3 L daily for average women and men, respectively, which is pretty close to that formula. My understanding is that these are close to what people drink naturally in temperate climates, so Dr. Mckinney and I are saying much the same thing. Except in special circumstances (e.g. physical activity, extreme heat), healthy people need not keep track of water intake.
Aug 17, 2015

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