Author: Wellness by Nature

Getting the Right Amount of Water

A Common Misconception About Drinking Water

Water is great for you and most of us do not get enough of it.  Especially in the early morning, water has the ability to essentially activate your body.  That said, when people do make a conscious effort to get the proper amount of H20, they often over do it.  Too much water can have a negative effect, and this article attempts to set the record straight.
In the article entitled “No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day” New York Times writer Aaron E. Carroll explains:

Contrary to many stories you may hear, there’s no real scientific proof that, for otherwise healthy people, drinking extra water has any health benefits. For instance, reviews have failed to find that there’s any evidence that drinking more water keeps skin hydrated and makes it look healthier or wrinkle free. It is true that some retrospective cohort studies have found increased water to be associated with better outcomes, but these are subject to the usual epidemiologic problems, such as an inability to prove causation. Moreover, they defined “high” water consumption at far fewer than eight glasses. Read more…

How Much Water Should I Drink?

The exact intake of water a person needs to take in varies greatly from person to person, and medical considerations should be taken into account. In the following Health Explained video on YouTube, the authors of the article explains some of the possible negative effects that dehydration has on health and energy. More important though is that they illustrate a simple formula to figure out the appropriate amount of water you should be drinking on a daily basis.

You simply take your weight in pounds, you divide it by two, and you get the absolute minimum for your body in ounces.

For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, take half of it and it is 70 ounces.

You
still have to multiply this number by 1.5 to get your optimal intake,
which, I repeat, would take into consideration variables like general
health, physical activity and geographical zone.

So this is the method you can use to find out how much water you need to drink daily according to your weigh

In Conclusion

One of the main reasons understanding the correct water intake for your body is so muddled is because water comes from all sorts of foods and drinks.  But using the formula above, you can safely estimate the correct amount of water for you.  Of course, we always recommend seeing a doctor to factor in any other conditions.