Much Water do you need to Drink Daily…And, also does it need to be
water, or is any liquid OK?
It seems this question
is always being asked by our patients so here are some answers...
Since this is an area of common
misinformation we would like to set it straight. It is vital that everyone be
certain to have enough water intake to balance the body’s daily use and forgo depletion. And when we say water, we are very specific about it. We mean WATER, not juice, not
soda, not milk, not almond or rice milk, or coffee or tea. So we don’t mean liquids, we mean WATER. In our
experience the body treats other non-water liquids as food. This is due to the
fact that they have calories, carbohydrates, and sometimes proteins and as such
are then considered food sources.
Now for a vocabulary lesson… The word
“dehydration” comes from two Latin and Greek words meaning “lower/remove water.” Dehydration can occur if the
correct type of water and the amount of water is not consumed. Symptoms of
dehydration vary from constipation, skin problems, headaches, fatigue and even
subtle changes in mental status (difficulty concentrating, irritability), and
can be as serious as seizures, coma and death.
We recommend that people use spring
water, as opposed to distilled or reverse osmosis (R.O.) water. For very few
people distilled or R.O. water is beneficial, but for most they actually create
problems due to the absence of naturally occurring minerals. With the benefit
of Nutrition Response Testing we would always recommend spring water.
So how much Water do you need daily?
The actual amount of water needed
will vary dependent upon different situations. A general rule of thumb is to
divide your weight (in pounds) by two and you have the number of ounces of
water that you will need daily. For example a woman that weighs 140lbs. would
need to drink 70 ounces of water daily to stay hydrated. This amount can vary
dependent upon the climate, exercise and general health. The key is to have good water available
throughout the day.