There are many theories on how much water people need to drink throughout the day. Some people believe that you should only drink when you are thirsty, others say that you need to drink eight glasses of water a day.  One of my favorite questions to ask clients is whether or not water satisfies them or if they still feel thirsty after quenching their thirst.  Perhaps you will be surprised to learn that many people deal with issues of dehydration despite having clean water readily available and drinking water regularly.  Fatigue, energy loss, constipation, gas, bloating, pain, nausea, indigestion, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, stomach ulcers, obesity, arthritis, cholesterol, and urinary infection are all symptoms related with dehydration.  Dehydration creates inefficiency within the body.  A loss of 1% of the body’s hydration levels can decrease the body’s efficiency by 10%.  This amount is lost in one hour of exercise.
                The average adult body is consists of 70% water.  At Life. Health. Happiness. we recommend  to take your current body weight, divide it by two, and drink that many ounces of pure, filtered water.  The chart below shows an average amount of water an adult eliminates throughout the day.
Water Elimination
Urine
1.5 L
Sweat
0.5 L
Through the lungs
0.4 L
Through the intestine
0.1 L
Total
2.5 L
There are other factors that dictate how much water one’s body actually needs.  The amount of calories someone consumes also affects the amount of water needed to digest food.  The more calories eaten, the more the body needs in order to properly digest the food.  The average American calorie consumption is 3,624 per day. The chart below goes over caloric intake and water consumption.
Calories
Caloric Intake (kcal)
Water Needs (L)
2,000
2.0
2,500
2.5
3,000
3.0
3,500
3.5
4,000
4.0
Other factors that change water needs include weather, season, elevation, state of health, exercise, salt intake, and stress.  Contact our office for more information.
There are easy ways someone can increase the amount of water they consume.
Ways to Increase your water intake:
  1. 1.       Always have water with you.
  2. 2.       Set up a water schedule or download a phone application.
  3. 3.       Drink whenever you use the bathroom to replenish the fluid you lost.
  4. 4.       Prepare and bring the amounts you want drink.
Vasey, Christopher, ND. “The Water Prescription” Healing Art Press. Vermont.  2006.
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