How Much Water Do You REALLY Need to Drink Every Day?

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If you’re a regular here, you know that Fooducate preaches the virtues of water almost daily. A question many people ask us, is how much water they should be drinking. The answer is much more complicated than the question, but we will try to simplify.

Our body is 60 percent water. There is almost no chemical reaction in the body that doesn’t require water. The body loses water through the following processes:

  • urination
  • bowel movements
  • perspiration
  • breathing
  • breastfeeding

Therefore the body needs to replenish its water supply to function properly. This can be by achieved through

  • drinking water
  • drinking other beverages
  • eating foods that are high in water content such as fruits and vegetables.

The Institute of Medicine determined that, in most cases, letting thirst be your guide is the best bet when it comes to water intake. However, the organization did define an adequate intake (AI) of water per person, per day to be:

  • for women – approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces / 11 cups) of water, from all sources
  • for men – approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces / 15 cups ) of water, from all sources.
About 80% of our water is derived from beverages, and the rest from food. Translating that information, the actual cups of water to drink should be
  • for women – approximately 8 cups of water.
  • for men – approximately 12 cups of water.
Factors that can influence your need for water:
  • Prolonged physical activity
  • Prolonged exposure to heat
  • Prolonged exposure to cold
  • Illness where the body loses lots of fluids
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
It is possible to overdose on water if you drink too much of it. Hyponatremia is a life -threatening condition where the electrolytes in the body are at a very low level as a result of excessive water intake – 5 to 10 times the amount prescribed as adequate intake.

In summary, the body is quite good at letting you know when you need to drink using thirst as a cue. However, drinking regularly throughout the day can be helpful in combating fake hunger pangs, maintaining alertness, improving your mood, and socializing with colleagues at the water cooler.

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    No difference at all, Beloved! Even the boiled water becomes room temperature water. You're doing fine! Thank you for your words as well! Much appreciated! Peace and Love!

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    Q: I've been a vegan for 2 years now. I've done the FBD 3 times in these two years, but my urine is still yellow. The only time it is clear is immediately after I drink water (reverse osmosis water). If I miss a day of drinking water, my urine goes back to being dark yellow. Does this mean that my body is still very toxic? Also, is it normal to release urine 5 to 15 minutes after drinking liquids? I would think that water would need to stay in the body for awhile for proper hydration and cleansing.

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    Please peruse some of our free articles so as to truly learn what's going on with his/your bodies pertaining to healing.

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