Are you thirsty? That is the litmus for how often and when to drink water. Another basic rule of thumb is that the color of urine is pale yellow when consuming enough fluids. Don’t be fooled by cooler temps of winter; the body can still dehydrate. 8-10 cups of fluid per day has long been the industry recommendation but this standard seems to vary amongst experts. In determining water intake amounts activity levels, age, climate, fitness/workout needs, medication, and other factors are considered. Although amounts are disputed all do agree that drinking water is healthy and just as important in winter as in summer. So, take a break and enjoy a glass of water. Add fresh fruit for the most effective nutrients and also for taste.