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How much water should I drink?

Throughout each day, your body loses water even when you’re not purposely working up a sweat. As a result, you have to constantly replenish this fluid; the key is to drink water-pure water. But how much water do you need each day? I know you’ve heard the popular 8 by 8 rule which says that one should drink eight glasses, each consisting of eight ounce of water, may not suit every individual because it depends on a number of factors, such as your activity level, body weight and weather conditions. We are advised to drink 12 to 15 glasses of fluids. This would amount to an intake of around 2.5 liters of fluids every day.

Fortunately, your body is equipped with a mechanism that tells you when you need to replenish your water supply; Thirst! And there’s also a simple way to gauge whether or not you need to drink more water even though you may not be feeling thirsty.

Signs that your body needs more water:

           ·          Fatigue and/or mood swings

           ·          Hunger even though you’ve recently eaten

           ·          Back or joint aches

           ·          Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles

           ·          Infrequent urination; dark, concentrated urine, and/or constipation

 

Frequent urination can also be used to judge your water intake. A healthy person urinates on average about seven or eight times a day. If your urine is scant or if you haven’t urinated in several hours, that too is an indication that you’re not drinking enough.

Bottled water vs. filtered water

Many bottled water companies use BPA-free plastic, but laced into plastic bottles are other chemicals that can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit on shelf for a long time unused.  Bottled water companies actually make a point of adding fluoride back into the water they filter, so if you are drinking bottled water, make sure it’s fluoride-free. Filtered water is the most economical and environmentally sound choice. Installing a water filter for your home that offers a variety of methods to remove different contaminants is better than bottled water. Filters remove chlorine added to disinfect the water and so it may taste better. A filter will also remove metals like lead and copper that may have entered the water supply via underground pipelines or your home’s plumbing, as well as pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other potentially harmful unregulated compounds. If you are like me, I find bottled water very convenient and it is my #1 choice so I make sure once I purchase it to remove it from the car right away and store inside the house where the temperature is regulated and comfortable.  

There’s no doubt that you need pure water for optimal health. Remember to listen to your body. Thirst is an obvious signal that it’s high time to replenish your fluids. Fatigue and moodiness can also indicate you need to drink more water. Be sure to drink at least 2.5 liters of water a day and you will notice a change in your skin, mind, body and weight!