Your water intake not only helps you stay hydrated, it can also help aid in weight loss and brain function, prevent constipation, and keep your skin clear. Have you ever wondered how much water you should be drinking? You may have heard a few different suggestions such as eight 8 oz. glasses per day, or even a gallon per day. The answer, though, is not that simple. See below for helpful tips on how much water you should be drinking and sneaky ways to get more water in.

How Much?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the amount you should be drinking depends on the person. There are a number of different factors that should be taken into account, such as how active you are, your age, health and even where you live. The more active you are, the more you should be drinking, as you need to replace water lost from sweating. You should stay hydrated if you are in poor health, or are older, as dehydration can be something difficult to overcome if you are not in good health. Also the region you live makes a difference. Hotter, humid weather can take a lot out of you, so you should increase your water intake.

Knowing You've Had Enough

You'll know you've had enough water, as you won't feel thirsty as often. You can also tell if you've had enough water by your urine. It sounds gross, but if you have darker colored or stinky urine, you should probably drink more water. Your urine should be light in color or colorless. Also, how does your skin feel? Does your skin feel tight, or do your hands/feet feel swollen? You may already be feeling dehydrated, drinking more water will help with this.

Sneaky Ways To Get More Water

Some people just don't like the taste of water, so it may be more difficult to get in enough water. There are ways to get more water in without actually drinking water. Foods that contain water also count towards your daily water intake. Foods such as fruits and vegetables (think watermelon and spinach) count as water too, as they are comprised mostly of water, as are milk and orange juice. Try adding zero calorie or sugar free flavorings to your water to help change the flavor, or add fruits and vegetables to your water such as berries or cucumbers. Actual water, however, should be your number one source for your water intake. 

Drinking plenty of water can benefit you in a number of different ways. Try your best to take in enough water and listen to your body to know if you've had enough. Work with a water delivery service to make sure your home and office have enough water to keep you healthy.