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Water is an obvious source for your daily fluid needs. Other good beverages include milk, herbal teas, low-sodium broth, or 100-percent fruit and vegetable juices. Soft drinks will also count toward your daily total of fluid, just remember that sugar sweetened soft drinks add extra calories to you daily diet that you don't need.

Precautions

Speak to your doctor about how much water to drink if you have kidney or adrenal problems, or if you're taking diuretics. Don't drink all of the water once -- drink several glasses of water throughout the day. This is especially important if you engage in lots of heavy exercise. Infants should be given only formula or breast milk unless your pediatrician tells you otherwise.

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness." http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. "Dietary Reference Intakes: Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate." http://www.iom.edu/?id=18495.

Why Drinking Water Every Day Matters

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