How Much Water Should I Drink in a Day?


There’s a common question that many doctors hear from patients on a regular basis, especially during the warmer weather. According to Dr. Manuel Urteaga at Urteaga Chiropractic in Artesia, California, many of his patients ask him, “How much water do I need to drink in a day?” Follow along with Dr. Urteaga in his Quick Tip Video as he answers this question or read below to see his answer.

No matter what, your body needs a decent amount of water daily to function efficiently. According to specialists, drinking water can keep us from getting headaches, help us feel a bit less sore after a big workout, and overall, just contribute to our health and well-being. Dr. Urteaga recently gave another quick tip about exercise, and he emphasized that drinking the right amount of water can also help ensure you are getting enough out of your exercise. In other words, drinking an appropriate amount of water is crucial in maintaining a regular healthy body, especially for those of us who love working out. Well, how much is an appropriate amount of water?

According to Dr. Urteaga, there’s a simple equation to figure out the amount of water you should be drinking on a daily basis. Simply take your body weight in pounds (for instance, Dr. Urteaga weighs 165 pounds) and divide it in half. Convert this to ounces, and this is the number of ounces of water you should drink in a day. So, 165 pounds divided in half is roughly 82.5 ounces of water that Dr. Urteaga should be drinking a day. One gallon is 128 ounces, so Dr. Urteaga says that he should drink roughly two thirds a gallon of water in a day.

If you’re having trouble drinking that much water, that’s okay. It may look like a lot, but according to Dr. Urteaga, you should be working towards this for optimum health.