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TikTok Has People Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day, But This is How Much You Actually Need

Woman with a blue water bottle

If you’ve been scrolling through TikTok lately, chances are you’ve seen people on the platform with gigantic water bottles, posting about drinking a gallon of water a day. TikTokers have been hydrating and then sharing their results from upping their H2O intake.

@coralfullyDay 19 #agallonaday #hydrate #weightloss #weekendvibes #momlife #productivity #adhd #fitnesstiktok #waterbenefits #drinkyourwater♬ Do It To It – ACRAZE

@ashreid_Am I better than……. ✨everyone✨😆 #BurberryTB #UnfoldChallenge #fyp #fy #gallonchallenge #gallonofwateraday #kyliejenner♬ Just for me – PinkPantheress

Although drinking more water seems like a good idea — water lubricates your joints, keeps your body at a normal temperature, and helps to balance your bodily fluids — is it possible that a gallon of water a day is too much?

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A gallon of water is about 4.5 litres. According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a healthy daily fluid intake is about 3.7 litres of fluids per day for men and 2.7 litres for women. Not all fluids will come from water, as fruit, veggies and other foods contain some. So after taking into account foods that have fluids, experts say six to eight glasses of water a day is just fine enough.

If you’re concerned about not getting enough water, one tip is to drink water with your meals, which aids with digestion and ensures you’re not chugging too much water in a short period of time. Time to drink up!

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