Can anyone tell me the optimum amount of water one is supposed to consume on a daily basis? Years ago something like 8 glasses a day was advised however now it seems that this is now deemed excessive. Tacoma Boot Camp
Now they say that you should consume half your body weight in ounces. So if you weight 150 pounds then you need to drink 75 ounces of water. Others say drink when you are thirsty. I am not really sure, I guess that it just depends on who you ask.
Well, I think there's a point to "scheduling" a certain amount of water. The Problem with waiting until your thirsty is that many times you really could use better hydration that simply racting to thirst and we sometimes confuse hunger and thirst. When I get a thought that I'm hungry, I try drinking some water first, to see if I'm really hungry or if maybe just having some water is what I need.
I know when I'm really properly hydrated everything seems to "work" better, of course that's not the only thing, you can't be properly hydrated yet completely ignore the rest of your nutrition.
My brother-in-law is a nutritionist by profession and he says that it is important to drink water according to your lifestyle rather than follow the 8-glass water rule. If you have a fairly sedentary lifestyle such as sitting all day and working in an air-conditioned environment where there is hardly any scope of sweating, then you ought to drink upto 2 to 2.5 litres of water and not more. Contrary to popular perception, if you tend to drink more than that in this situation, then it will end up accumulating in your kidneys and may cause an edema.
I say there is no limit to the amount of water one should drink. Water should be the foundation of all liquid consumption and is the basic building block of the body and mind. All other consumables should have a limit whether it be sugary juices, milk, or gulp soda. This goes for kids and adults.
I've heard the 8 glasses a day thing too but if we are talking about kids here, that can be hard to do. I always just try to make sure my kids drink at least one glass of water with each meal and if they feel dizzy or light headed, I suggest they drink a glass of water.
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