HOW MUCH WATER TO DRINK DAILY ?
Water is a essential for most people to live; to stay alive---but how much to drink each day?
There seems to be only three points about the daily drinking habits for most humans - that the experts we now quote, agree on. They differ on the quantum of daily water intake, but are in accord on these three principles.
These three points of agreement are, that:
- most people are NOT drinking enough water each day, AND
- most human beings live in a dehydrated state, AND
- dehydration is a key to many different and varying ailments and diseases
Some people who DO drink the minimum daily quantum suggested here, are (some of our experts say) still dehydrated, cause the water they drink has been processed in a manner which does not enable that drinking water to fully hydrate the drinker (e.g. reverse osmosis processed or treated water) .
The other caution is that some people should not increase water intake if their kidneys cannot function to release surplus waters. In all cases any change of routine should be not tried until one has consulted with their own health professional, as we are all different, us humans.
We offer a drinking APP free from its manufacturer HERE...this can be down loaded to your mobile smart phone and can assist in your drinking habits, to help one drink the amount of daily water intake each person may decide.
DAILY DRINKING QUANTUM
Here is a summary of some peoples suggested minimum daily drinking water consumption. These suggestions come from a range of people some might classify as experts in this arena.
More information about the words and/or writings of each person quoted herein may be seen on the videos in our Cinemas or in their books listed on our book page.
DrF Batmanghelidji, MD
An American based Medical Doctor who dedicated much of his adult life to research about the relationship between humans and the quantum of water we consume each day. His major book was titled“Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”. His catch phrase became “You are not sick, You are thirsty” .
He suggests drinking:
"Absolute minimum of 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day”.
Dr Jack Kruse (a neuro surgeon and spine surgeon).
He suggests to drink nowadays:
“ 1 to 2 gallons of water (a day) that is non fluoridated and hopefully from the earth like spring water or naturally occurring water ... the Water should be cold when we drink it. By drinking a gallon of water a day we can increase our metabolic rate by about 30% getting more free electrons ..."
CORI ANN LENTZ
Cori is a principal at BPM.TV (Body Power Method). Her video is not in our Cinema collection, but she can be seen talking about her daily water intake here ---
"I drink 2 gallons of water each day...this being about 7.5 litres a day."
Lelord was some years back tagged as the America's number one authority on youthful vitality as one ages. He has written many books about heath and nutrition. In his book 'You're Younger Than You Think', he writes:
"You may be happily surprised to discover the cheapest cure of all for constipation: water. As we grow older, bodily dehydration takes place at a higher rate, and lack of water frequently results in constipation. If you drink at least 6 glasses of water between meals, you may find you never need to take another laxative ....
If insufficient quantities of water are taken into the body each day to maintain proper balance between solids and fluids in the urine, then the solids begin to predominate. This may cause scanty elimination of urine; precipitation of solids, forming bladder stones (similar in cause and effect to gall and kidney stones); inflammation of the mucus membrane lining in the bladder. When the 'normal amber' color of urine becomes too dark, it may mean too great a concentration of solids; therefore more water drinking is obviously indicated."
LAWRENCE WILSON, BSC.
"Most people do not drink enough pure water. Adults need about 3 quarts or 3 liters daily, and perhaps a little more if you weigh over 250 pounds or 110 kilograms, do physical labor or vigorous exercise daily, and perhaps more if one lives in a very dry or hot climate.
The type and amount of water one drinks is an essential aspect of health and healing. Every week, I encounter a person who is not progressing on a healing program due to drinking an improper type or not enough drinking water. If this continues for several years, it can ruin one’s health.
Warning. If you are needing to drink more than about 3 quarts or 3 liters of water daily, and yet feel dehydrated or thirsty, and/or if you have pain in the kidneys, most likely you are drinking the wrong kind of water. Avoid RO water and if you are drinking spring water, try a different brand."
Amanda Carlson, RD
Amanda is a director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance, which trains many world-class athletes. She suggests:
“In my experience, most people are not aware of how much they’re drinking and are not drinking enough — many, as little as half of what they need.”
DR Anthony J CICHOKE, MSc, Chiropractic degree
Tony is the author of the excellent book titled 'The Complete Book of ENZYME Therapy'.
This book has a foreword by nutrition specialist Dr Abram Hoffer, MD., PhD., FRCP (C), whose work developed the earlier discoveries of Linus Pauling.
On pages 442 and 443 of this book Dr Cichoke writes about drinking water, including words:
" For healthy skin, drink plenty of pure water (8 to 10 glasses every day). Water can keep skin hydrated and minimise wrinkling ...
Water is also critical for most enzymes...some require water to do their jobs. Water activates the enzymes.
Water is the most abundant chemical substance in the human body ... and provides the environment necessary for chemical reactions, carries nutrients to each cell, and transports waste from the cells. Water helps us maintain proper body temperature. Water provides a protective cushion around body organs, such as the brain. We get most of our water (about 60%) from fluids. We lose water through perspiration and elimination (in urine and feces), and some vaporises out of the lungs.
Water loss and lack of replenishment can result in dehydration.
NOTE: The water from most municipal water systems is either contaminated or loaded with chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals....."
One of the drinking waters Dr Cichoke recommends is spring water.
Dr Cichoke includes a body water chart in his book on page 443, showing water content of various parts of human body. He suggests there our bones are 13% water; cartilage in our body is 55% water; our liver 71.5% water; our muscular tissues 75% water; our lungs 80% water; our brain 80.5% water, our blood plasma 90% water; our lymph glands 94% water; and our saliva 95.5% water.
Dr OZ, MD
He suggests to drink daily :
"...a wide daily range of between 3 to 12 glasses a day, and I urge everyone to check their urine. As long as it is clear your hyrdrating ok. If the urine is not clear then drink quickly more living water...."
Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Leigh is a board certified emergency physician and national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency. She suggests:
" Now the Institute of Medicine sets general guidelines for total water intake. It recommends that women consume a total of 91 ounces (that’s about 2.7 liters) per day – from all food and beverages combined. For men, it’s about 125 ounces a day (or 3.7 liters). Depending on your diet, about 25% of the water you consume comes from your food."
Dr Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT,
Trent is managing director of Baptist Sports Medicine in Nashville. He is quoted from web site of Waldo County General Hosptial in Maine USA web site : http://www.wcgh.org/water-and-your-diet-staying-slim-and-regular-with-h2o/ with these words:
"The formula used to be “one size fits all” — eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
But that’s changed. It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live. In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less...... Your metabolism is basically a series of chemical reactions that take place in your body. Staying hydrated keeps those chemical reactions moving smoothly. Being even 1% dehydrated can cause a significant drop in metabolism."
Dr. Josh Axe
See Josh on video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFuaoZTpFLI....where he suggests:
"How much water should you be drinking a day? You should be drinking about 25%-50% of your body weight in ounces daily. It’s actually not about how much water you are getting but whether you’re staying hydrated or not. Water is vital for your health.
Biggest side effects can be headaches, lack of energy, weight gain, lack of cleansing and detoxification, weakened immune response, getting the cold and flu easily, or feeling lethargic. Proper hydration is so important to your overall health.
He suggests approximate guideline 160 lb person ( = 72.57 kg) = 40 to 80 ozs of water a day (= about 1.2 litres to 2 .4 litres daily.)"
Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege
Dr Mecola is shown on several of our videos in our Cinema.
He says about daily water drinking:
"How many of you have heard that we are dehydrated and need to drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day? I know that is what I have traditionally been exposed to. I used to advise that people follow an even more refined rule of thumb--for every 50 pounds of body weight you carry, drink one quart of spring or filtered water per day. This would increase daily water intake to 12 to 16 glasses for most of us.
However, after awhile I began to question this and I further refined my recommendations to use the color of your urine as a guide to how much water you should be drinking. As long as you are not taking riboflavin (vitamin B2), which fluoresces and turns your urine bright yellow (it is also in most multi-vitamins), then your urine should be a very light-colored yellow. If it is a deep yellow then you are likely not drinking enough water.
So I was delighted to read in my Family Practice Newspaper that an Institute of Medicine Panel actually reached the same rational conclusion.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
So, how much pure filtered or spring water should you drink per day?
Six glasses? Eight?
Well, here's a good rule of thumb:
You should be drinking enough water to turn your urine a light-colored yellow.
If you are outside on a hot day or engaging in strenuous activity, it is advisable to increase your water intake as needed. It is also important to note that as you age, your thirst mechanism works less efficiently. Older adults need to pay more attention to the color of their urine to see if their water intake is adequate.
Coconut Water and Vegetable Juicing – Adding a Little Variety
As I mentioned in a previous article, coconuts are an excellent source of fresh, pure water and electrolytes. Coconuts are also rich in lauric acid, which is known for its immune-boosting as well as its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties so it's an ideal choice when you're sick.
An even better pure healthy water is vegetable juicing. I recommend buying pesticide-free, organic vegetables for optimal nutritional benefit.
Health Benefits of Drinking Pure Water
I can't say enough about the health benefits of drinking pure water.
Here are only a few of the many health benefits you and your family will enjoy once you make the switch to pure water:
· Maintain a healthy body weight
· Properly digest food and absorb nutrients from food
· Have healthy, glowing skin
· Decrease muscle and joint inflammation
· Have better circulation
· Detoxify your body naturally
Finally, the extensively researched and fascinating book, Your Body's Many Cries for Water, should be required reading by all, and definitely belongs on every health care practitioner's bookshelf."
How Water Boosts Metabolism
“Water’s involved in every type of cellular process in your body, and when you’re dehydrated, they all run less efficiently — and that includes your metabolism. Think of it like your car: if you have enough oil and gas, it will run more efficiently. It’s the same with your body.”
Hungry or Thirsty? How Water Helps a Diet
It’s also very difficult for the body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst. So if you’re walking around feeling a gnawing sense of hunger, you might just be dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water instead of grabbing a snack.
Research has also shown that drinking a glass of water right before a meal helps you to feel more full and eat less.
“Many people do find that if they have water before a meal, it’s easier to eat more carefully,” says Renee Melton, MS, RD, LD, director of nutrition for Sensei, a developer of online and mobile weight loss and nutrition programs.
One study, for example, found that people who drank water before meals ate an average of 75 fewer calories at each meal. That doesn’t sound like a lot — but multiply 75 calories by 365 days a year. Even if you only drink water before dinner every day, you’d consume 27,000 fewer calories over the course of the year. That’s almost an eight-pound weight loss.
The Digestive Health Benefits of Water
But getting enough water doesn’t just help you regulate how much you eat — it helps you digest it properly, as well.
“Water allows your kidneys to function properly and filter everything they need to, and allows us to eliminate effectively and not be constipated,” Melton says.
“People who don’t get enough fluids in their diet tend to be constipated.”
And that’s not all. The single biggest cause of painful kidney stones is chronic dehydration.
When you don’t get enough water, calcium and other minerals build up in your urine and are harder for your body to filter out. They can form the crystals that make up kidney and urinary stones.
Doctors who specialize in pediatric kidney problems report seeing more kidney stones in children in recent years, and they believe it’s because of a combination of factors. Many kids aren’t drinking enough water. Also, many kids are overweight and eat a poor diet.
“I’ve been in this field for over 30 years, and I’d say that until about the last 10 to 15 years, you almost never saw stones in kids,” says Robert Weiss, MD, chief of pediatric nephrology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital of the Westchester Medical Center in New York.
“Lately, the frequency is increasing dramatically.”
IDEAS TO HELP CONSUME WateR EACH DAY?
How can you build more water consumption into your day? Try these tips:
- Carry an insulated sports bottle with you and fill it up periodically.
- Keep a glass of water on your desk at work.
- Keep another glass next to your bed. Many of us wake up dehydrated first thing in the morning.
- Switch one glass of soda or cup of coffee for a glass of water.
- Drink small amounts of water throughout the day. Six glasses all at once isn’t good for you!
- Use a mobile phone APP to assist in monitoring daily water intake.