A gallon is an old-fashioned unit of liquid measurement - four quarts, eight pints or 16 cups in US terms. But since it’s not the standard in many countries, most water bottles are labelled with their volume in milliliters. Since a bottle of drinking water typically contains 500 mL, we’ve learned that it takes 8 such bottles to make up one gallon of water.
According to the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the recommended daily intake for adults is 3.7 liters or 15.5 cups per day for men and 2.7 liters or 11 cups for women. However, those figures are just a starting point because other factors like your diet, activity level and the weather can influence how much fluid you need.
The amount of water you drink is important because it’s a key part of staying hydrated, which is essential for all the systems in your body to function properly. Drinking enough water also helps support digestion, regulate your temperature and remove waste more efficiently.
While some people may not be fans of drinking plain water, adding a twist or two can help make it more exciting. If you’re looking to kick your water intake up a notch, try mixing it with fruit or adding some spices and herbs to give it a more flavorful taste. There are also plenty of other ways to spice up your water without sacrificing its health benefits.