Wondering how much water to drink for good health and weight loss? There is a bit of debate on the subject.
When you consider that over 70% of your body is made up of water, it is safe to assume that you definitely need plenty of water for good health.
Your brain is 75% water, your blood is 80% water, and your liver is about 96% water. Interesting, isn't it?
For decades we've been told that we should consume a minimum of 8 (8 ounce) glasses of water every day. For most of my life, I have found this quite challenging. It's not that I don't drink 8 glasses of fluids a day, because I do. I was just in the habit of drinking tea, coffee, soft drink, etc., instead of water.
Over the last year or so I've read some comments by various health professionals indicating that they believed we really shouldn't be drinking the 'recommended' amount of water - that it was unnecessary. I really liked the sound of that because it sort of got me off the hook.
However, my common sense prevailed. Water is such a necessary part of life. I know the effects in my own body when I allow myself to become even a little bit dehydrated - headaches, back aches, dry skin, and constipation. I'm thoroughly convinced that we definitely DO need plenty of water daily, but struggle with getting my daily dose.
When I decided to do my first proper colon cleanse, a friend suggested that I drink a glass of water, first, before drinking another type of drink. It was good advice. I still have my morning and evening "cuppa" but, I find myself reaching for a glass of water much more often throughout the day.
It seems a good water diet helps get rid of the excess pounds, as well. You can read more about water and weight loss if that is information you are specifically interested in.
Depending on your lifestyle and habits, you may need to drink even more than 8 glasses a day. There's a little calculator at Aquasana, that will help you determine how much water to drink for you and your personal lifestyle.
I think you'll find that 8 glasses is a bare minimum. Most adults will benefit from 10-12 glasses per day. It's better to space the water out throughout the day, rather than trying to force down a quart at a time to 'catch up.'
Your body is really more equipped to process the water in reasonable amounts. I did try a water diet one time that recommended drinking 3 quarts/litres per day. I had to drink 1 quart in a 30 minute period. Ugh! It was tough. I realized later that it probably wasn't the smartest decision. Now I drink my water periodically throughout the day.
But remember, the question isn't just 'how much water to drink?' but 'what kind of water is best?' The quality of the world's water has deteriorated considerably since the dawn of the industrial revolution.
We don't often think about it, but much of the pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, cleaning solutions, etc., that we use on a daily basis, eventually make their way into our water supply
"U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer." - Ralph Nader Research Center
Drinking bottled water is virtually no better than drinking tap water. I've seen a number of tests that have shown that much of the bottled water is actually tap water. Even if the bottled water is genuinely fresh spring water, that does not make it pure or good quality water. Because there is no 'new' water on the earth, even our natural spring water has been contaminated by all the many forms of pollution picked up through the life cycle of water.
"The one thing we know for sure about toxins in our drinking water
is that the more we look, the more we find."
- Jacquelyn Warren of the Natural Resources Defense Council
Now that you know how much water to drink, you want to be sure you are drinking healthy water. You should seriously consider a water purifier. We have made sure that we've had a water filter in every home we've lived in for the past 15 years.
For the best quality at the best price, I recommend the filters by Aquasana. You will then have your own healthy water on tap for only 10 cents per gallon. Beat that water bottle guys!
To your good health!