How much water should we actually drink?

Good Morning! We finally have hot water again and I have never been so grateful. We have been out of hot water for the past three days and it has been torture. You don’t realize what you have until its gone (lol)! With our landlord, the gas company and other tenants living in the building, it has been difficult to get the hot water started again, but (thanks to me) it is finally working.

On the topic of water, I decided to touch base on how much water is actually needed each day. As we know, the body consists of about 70 percent water. Many people think that nutrition focuses on what we eat, however, the amount of water you drink daily can impact overall health.

Importance of water:

  1. Regulates body temperature
  2. Lubricates joints
  3. Protects the spinal cord and other tissues
  4. Helps food pass through the intestines

Although water can be consumed through foods and other liquids, it is important to consume plain drinking water. Water is lost by the body every day through sweating, urination, and breathing. The amount of water that is needed varies per day and from person to person. The quantity of water is affected by age, physical activity, caloric intake, body composition, health status, ambient temperature, humidity, and altitude.

So how much water should you drink?

Many people think that you should consume 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water per day; however, as stated above, it does vary.

There are various formulas that explain how much water you should consume per day, however, this can be tricky and impossible to do.

The calorie based formula explains that you should consume 1 milliliter of water per calorie you burn. If you are exercising vigorously in a hot, humid environment, you would need to consume more water. This formula is rather hard to base your water consumption on since most people do not know how many calories they burn every day.

The body weight based formula is much more realistic; however, it is for adults older than 30 years old.  This formula states that you need 30-35 ml of water per kilogram of body weight.

The Institute of Medicine has established a daily recommendation of water.
Men: thirteen 8 ounce servings of water
Women: nine 8 ounce servings of water
this does not take activity level, environmental or medical conditions into consideration.
( I find this option easiest to follow)

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3 responses to How much water should we actually drink?

  1. For the last few days I have been drinking 3 litres of water a day (instead of my usual few cups of coffee and a cup of sparkling water if I’m lucky 😳) and I feel amazing already. The change is huge. I am sleeping better and not so groggy when I wake. Winner!

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  2. I personally drink around 2 gallons. I am never without water. It’s pretty much all I drink. Once in awhile I’ll have tea or if I’m eating out, a soda pop, but at home it water, water, water.

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