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Old 06-07-2010, 06:04 PM
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People will often scoff at the idea of drinking x amount of water per day, but
the truth is most of what we drink in the 'modern world' actually serves
to dehydrate you ! Here is an interesting article with a good way to determine
what you should actually drink.

Calculating Your Own Daily Water Requirements

By Dr. Thomas Stearns Lee

The human body is composed of 25% solids and 75% water. Brain tissue is said to consist of 85% water.

It has become a practice to regard a "dry mouth" as a signal of body water needs, which is further assumed to be well-regulated if the sensation of "dry mouth" is not present. A dry mouth is the last outward sign of extreme dehydration, however. Damage occurs to the body at a persistent lower level of hydration. Because of a gradually failing thirst sensation, the body becomes chronically and increasingly dehydrated.

Signals of dehydration can be any of the following symptoms:
Heartburn, stomach ache
Non-infectious recurring or chronic pain
Low back pain
Headache
Mental irritation and depression
Water retention ( ironic but true! )

Further problems often develop when the sensation of thirst urges an intake of water, and instead, soda pop, coffee, or alcohol-containing beverages are taken to quench the thirst. While these beverages contain water, they are actually dehydrating fluids. Not only do they eliminate the water contained in them, but they also cause you to lose further amounts of water from your body's reserves!

Daily Water Requirements: Drink 50-75% of your body weight in ounces. Sedentary people: 50%; Active people: 75%

Example Calculation:

Pounds of body weight 150 lbs
Water requirement from above (75% of body weight for an active person) 112.5 Oz

Add for dryness of climate
+16 OZ

Add for strenous exercise
+16 OZ

Total per day 144.5 oz.
Divide by the number of hours you're awake to find your hourly water requirement: 144.5 16 = 9 oz.
Therefore, a 150-pound active person who works out should drink 9 oz. of water for each hour awake.

This is only an estimate. "Actual milage may vary."
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people always say 8 glasses per day...but who really drinks that much? o_o;; i only drink like 1 or none really...now that its getting warmer out...i should be drinking more...hmm!
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Oh great article!

I totally agree with you Pidge! I mean 8 glasses! I get worried when i only drink a little but sometimes i dont WANT to drink that much! lol Sorry thats probably straight off subject!
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So thats only like 0.255 litres for a 150lb person? Crazy.. everyone says to drink like a litre a day is it?
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It's 3.31 Litres. 1 litre =33. 81 oz

If you take .75 x your weight then divide that number by 33.81 it will give you the number in Litres ( .75 for active, .5 for less active people)

It's more than you'd expect. 8 - 8 oz glasses is just a saying I think, that's half of what the person in the above example would need.

What's interesting is the coffee, tea, alcohol are actually dehydrating you.
Soda is the same but it has added salt ( ADDED SALT ! ) so it actually makes you more thirsty..presumably you drink more soda.

We are mostly water, so it's not difficult to see how you can malfunction
without it.
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lol i think anything makes you more thirsty than you are already are whenever i drink juice im still thirsty and same with soda and even icecream. mmm icecream float is yummy too but makes me thirsty from the caramel...hmm!
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When i was younger i was a soda girl. I love to drink water now. I can drink 1/2 a gallon easily if i keep water around me. On days that i'm very active with my dog i can end up drinking close to a gallon. It freaked my mom out so she sent me to the doc ( i'm 21 so imagine the doc calling me to tell me mom called and made an appointment lol) who says its perfectly fine. Only thing that i dont like about it is that i have to pee more.

I have a cousin who is my age and will NOT drink water. He feels he gets enough from kool-aid, soda, juice... and get this... brushing his teeth! lol We are total opposites when it comes to water.

P.S. I find that i eat less when i drink more so i've kept this in mind while i'm changing my eating habits.
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I don't drink water. I know I'm weird, it gives me a headache and makes me feel sick. The only time I can drink water and enjoy it is if it is ICE ICE ICE COLD! Then I LOVE IT! It's really weird! Summer is the only time I do that too other wise I just don't bother!
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