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How 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. 

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