Drinking eight cups of water is a habit that most of us struggle with, but a recent study covered in the Courier Mail found that frequent intake of water can reduce your long-term risks of heart disease.
After preclinical trials suggested a link between dehydration and cardiac fibrosis (hardening of the heart muscles), the research team, led by Dr Natalia Dmitrieva, conducted a large-scale study.
They found that middle-aged adults with blood sodium levels above 142 mEq/L were at a higher risk for developing left ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure later in life.
"Similar to reducing salt intake, drinking enough water and staying hydrated are ways to support our hearts and may help reduce long-term risks for heart disease," said Dr Dmitrieva.
Relative to the body's needs, they recommend that the average woman should drink six to eight cups of water (1.6-2.1 litres) and the average man should drink eight to 12 cups (2-3 litres).
"Fluids are essential for a range of bodily functions, including helping the heart pump blood efficiently, supporting blood vessel functions, and orchestrating circulation. Yet may people take in far less than they need," the researchers said.
It's hard to know exactly how much water to drink each day when everyone online is saying something different. It all comes down to your lifestyle and your health. Read our other blog post about how much water you should drink each day to find out more on the topic.