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Water, Water Everywhere - But Are You Drinking Enough?

posted May 22, 2011, 2:51 PM by Heather Hawthorne   [ updated May 23, 2011, 2:46 PM ]
Most of us overestimate the amount we are drinking on a daily basis or we're just too busy to think much about it.

Each person's need for water will vary according to surroundings, weather, activity level, other foods/drinks consumed, and individual constitution.  A day in the dry environment of a mall, an exercise class at the gym, pregnancy/breastfeeding, or even a cup of coffee (diuretic) will all require us to drink more water.

In the March 2008 Alive magazine, Joey Shulman, DC, RNCP says, "I contend that dehydration is the root cause of several health conditions, including faulty digestion, fatigue, inability to lose weight, achy joints, and dry skin." 

How much is enough?  The eight 8oz glasses per day is considered the bare minimum, and may not be optimal.  Some sources suggest dividing your body weight (in pounds) in half, and drinking that amount of water in ounces (resulting in about 3 cups per 50 lbs of body weight).  Other sources suggest up to one liter per 50 lbs of body weight daily.

Once you start making water drinking part of your healthy habits, you will quickly learn how much you need to feel at your best.

Start by measuring out your water into bottles each morning.  This way you know how much you need to drink and it's ready to go when you are.  Keep a water bottle with you at all times, and sip regularly all through the day.
Frequent urination is common for a few days after increasing water consumption.  Start slow, and stick with it, this gets better! Aim for drinking about 1/3 of your daily allotment before lunch, another 1/3 in the early afternoon, and the remaining 1/3 in the late afternoon and early evening.  This should prevent frequent trips to the bathroom when you are trying to sleep.

If you feel hungry - try drinking water!  Our hunger and thirst signals can get mixed up.  If you feel drowsy - try drinking water!  Even slight dehydration can bring on low energy and fuzzy thinking.  Too tired to exercise today - grab a water and go - you'll be glad you did!

Staying fully hydrated is like taking a refreshing internal shower, it not only improves overall health, you will find your energy levels are higher, your skin is softer and smoother, and your thinking is clearer.


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