My next post was going to be about the importance of drinking at least 64oz. of water per day- 8 8oz. glasses of water or what I thought was the equivalent of 1.5L, but the same amount is actually 1.9L (eek!)- and I was going to illustrate my point of “proper” hydration by telling you about my kidney stones experience, yadda yadda yadda.
I now drink 1.5L of water every day. I know this because I drink from a Nalgene bottle (see above) that measures 1L and to make the water more palatable, I add lemon juice! I carry this cumbersome bottle around with me, not only at home but when I’m out, since I hate wasting plastic when buying water on the go. And what I can tell you is that I am a heckuva lot less bloated due to drinking water (and peeing more often) and I do feel better- so there!
But then I found this article from the Mayo Clinic’s website, whose website I always defer to when researching medical issues, and it blew my theory out of the water:
Water: How much should you drink every day?
Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids.
How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
Health benefits of water
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
How much water do you need?
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
What about the advice to drink eight glasses a day?
Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.