Mineral, seltzer, tonic, spring, alkaline, distilled — it’s hard to fathom that there are so many variations of the same colorless, tasteless substance without a single calorie. Whether you get your water from a plastic bottle or straight out of the tap, the most important thing is that you get it. The human body is 60% water, reports GoodRx, providing a variety of important functions crucial to survival, including joint lubrication, temperature regulation, mouth cleaning, waste removal, and transporting nutrients through the bloodstream.
Apps have even been created to encourage folks to drink water. Plant Nanny, for instance, rewards users for every cup they drink by allowing them to water a cartoon plant; the health of the plant is directly linked to how much water the user drinks and logs into the app. Considering that adequate water intake is so crucial to human wellbeing, it might seem surprising that 75% of Americans could be living in a state of chronic dehydration, according to CBS. Or, perhaps you might not be shocked at all. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News health editor, reports that it’s common for people to view drinking water as a chore, per MSNBC. But, whether you love it or hate it, water intake is an integral part of sustaining long-term health and wellbeing. So, how much of it should you be drinking per day?