Breast Cancer Self-Care and Recovery: Hydration
Drinking enough water is essential to health. Not drinking enough can result in dehydration which can lead to poor health.We recommend that you drink a minimum of 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water each day.
You must drink more water to balance what you have lost if:
- You are exercising
- The weather is hot
- You are sweating a lot — this includes "hot flashes" and night sweats
- You have a fever, diarrhea or are vomiting
Your urine should be a pale yellow color and not a concentrated dark yellow.
What encourages hydration and dehydration?
- Herbal teas
- Nonfat soymilk
- Diluted fruit juices
- Coffee and decaffeinated coffee
- Black tea and decaffeinated tea
- High-sodium, or salty, foods
- Caffeinated sodas
How much is enough?
Drink a minimum of 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day.
- 1 cup = 8 ounces
- 2 cups = 1 pint
- 4 cups = 1 quart
- 2 pints = 1 quart
- 4 quarts = 1 gallon
- 16 cups = 1 gallon
Equivalents of 8 to 10 cups:
- 64 to 80 ounces
- 4 to 5 pints
- 2 to 2.5 quarts
- .5 to .75 gallon
Breast Cancer Self-Care and Recovery:
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.