How Much Water Should I Drink?
Healthy Water Intake
Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner – water intake
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic
So far in the past months we have been covering the six pillars of health. The next one is proper water intake.
According to WebMD (Sep 10, 2010), there was a study done in 2006. This particular study analyzed the H2O intake of children and was published in the October 1006 edition of The American Journal of Nutrition. The conclusion was as follows: “All children except those aged 2 to 3 had less than the adequate intake of water as recommended by the Institute of Medicine. More boys than girls reported having at least an adequate intake of water, the researchers report.” That is all children older than age three were not drinking enough H2O.
According to another study done by the CDC in April 11, 2013, only 22 percent of Americans drink at least 32 ounces of H2O per day.
How much water should we drink? This really depends on what we eat and how much we eat. A simple guideline is one half your body weight in ounces. That is, for a person who weighs 150 pounds, they should drink a MINIMUM of 75 ounces of H2O each day. Of course consulting a health care professional who deals with nutrition can give you a much more accurate assessment.
If you find yourself not retaining H2O, increase your mineral intake with high mineral foods such as kale, spinach sweet potatoes, or take pharmaceutical grade all natural mineral supplements.
So I drink soda/tea/coffee – there’s H2O in that right? Well yes, but these are called hypertonic solutions. That means there are more dissolved particles than the H2O can help you with. These drinks will actually dehydrate you.
The following habits (some of them are good habits) will require you to increase your H2O intake: drinking alcohol, soda, coffee or juice, exercising, eating high foods high in salt, sugar and other seasonings.
Here are some health habits to increasing your H2O intake.
1. Have water with each meal (instead of soda, juice or coffee)
2. Keep a quality BPA free water bottle with you at all times
3. Keep an H2O journal
4. Set an alarm on your watch or phone to remind you to drink H2O on a regular basis
Can I drink too much water? Yes you actually can. According to the LA Times, (Jan 14, 2007) a woman died on the phone during a radio contest to see who could drink more H2O. But this was an extreme situation (and not recommended).