Here's How Much Water You Should Actually Drink Every Day

I have a mildly specific personal rule when I'm chatting with celebrities, influencers, and other notables about their wellness routines: No one I'm interviewing is allowed to cite "drinking lots of water!" as one of their primary tips for looking and feeling their best. It's boring, it's predictable, and let's face it—it's mostly untrue.

Don't get me wrong: Staying hydrated is an essential part of any wellness routine, even if it's not the cure-all remedy that many A-listers would ascribe it to be (probably because it seems more relatable than saying "I work out for two hours every day with a personal trainer"). But it's also important to be realistic about how and why it can benefit your routine—and that means shedding some light on some of the most persistent myths around H2O.

For that, we turned to some experts to answer for some of your water-related FAQs. Is alkaline water really all that great, for example? And should we be aiming to drink a gallon of water a day? Find it all out below.