Is it just me, or are the rest of you being bombarded this week with the 'new' message that we don't really need as much water as we thought? I always try to get in my half gallon, more if I'm super active. But this week I've read, heard on NPR, and even received a silly email about ingesting e-coli that had me wondering if this whole water drinking thing isn't jsut a little crazy. Some of the points I heard were that we get a lot of 'water' from sources other than water (like fruits and even bread!) and that thirst is a better indicator of water needs than measurement. I thought if we got thirsty that meant we were already dehydrated! Is anyone else confused?
I drink about 32 oz. water during the night - I keep a sipper bottle by the bed, and just reach over without opening my eyes. I drink about the same amount during the day.
I've also heard that you are dehydrated if you wait until you are thirsty. During walks, or any exercise, it is good to take a few sips every 10 minutes, even though you don't feel thirsty. This was pointed out when I was training for a marathon.
I drink about 32 oz. - 48 oz. of water during the day. I keep track by filling my water bottle first thing in the morning and re-filling it throughout the day. About a year ago, I didn't drink much water throughout the day, but I was drinking a lot of coffee. I can't say that I feel better or have better skin from drinking all this water, but I know its good for me. The amount of water needed for each person differs, so we can't go by the 8 x 8 rule.
I even heard Bob Greene on Oprah yesterday saying to get in 6 glasses, more if you're exercising. But if we're to include the water in foods, then it will vary widely based on diet. For example, I would think someone who eats a lot of fruits and vegetables is going to require less actual water than someone who eats less of these. What about beer? Light beer counts as water, right?
I have always been taught that drinking at least 8 glasses a day is what is needed to stay healthy. I agree, once you've reached the point that you are constantly thirsty it's probably because your body is in fact dehydrated. I have been more conscious about drinking more water ever since I decided that I need to live a healthier life even though I don't drink all 8 glasses a day.
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