How to hydrate: The final drops

Hydration is all about making sure your cells and organs have enough water. This is especially important during exercise, but all humans need to make proper hydration a priority.

On average, humans need to consume about 2 liters of water per day to stay hydrated. This varies hugely, though, and your exact hydration requirements will be based on a bunch of factors like your size, age, level of physical activity, general health, and diet.

Electrolytes like sodium and potassium are also critical for hydration. Drinking water is the most important factor, but making sure your body has enough electrolytes is just as important, especially if your active lifestyle means you lose a lot of your body’s water reserves through sweat.

The best way to hydrate is to drink water. This is far from the only way, and there are tastier alternatives (and some you don’t even have to drink, like melons and soup). Electrolyte supplements and tablets are also available and can make rehydration more efficient.

Dehydration can lead to serious complications, so it’s important to keep tabs on what your body is telling you about its water needs. If you start experiencing dehydration symptoms, don’t wait around. Get hydrated ASAP.