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 How Much Water Do You Drink Daily?
More than 2 Litres per day (34 votes)
31.48%
It varies every day. (20 votes)
18.52%
1 - 1.5 Litres per day (16 votes)
14.81%
1.5 - 2 Litres per day (16 votes)
14.81%
I drink according to my body weight. (12 votes)
11.11%
Less than 1 Litre per day (5 votes)
4.63%
I drink according to my activity level. (4 votes)
3.70%
I don't drink water. (1 votes)
0.93%
108 Votes Total Last vote Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:11am by ayaka
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Drea
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I agree with your last statement, pc, "be aware that you may need to adjust the amount of water you drink". Our bodies are dynamic, not static, so we are constantly changing on small scales.

On hot days here in Northern NM (5600 feet elev.), I can easily drink 1 gallon of water (not all at once). I add lemon juice and sea salt to most of it, and I no longer (need to) salt my food -- I used to be on the salt advisory council, and was the president at one time -- I don't eat meat or poultry, but do occasionally eat fish, so most of my food is vegetarian-based. I also don't drink any other form of beverage, except a cup of coffee in the morning, and maybe a cup of tea before bed. Even with all that water, if I don't have tea before bed, I don't have to get up in the middle of the night for potty. If I drink anything after 9pm, I usually do get up once in the night.

I don't think there's one rule for everybody. I just happen to know what "works" for me. When I lived at sea level, I only drank 2 liters per day and was hydrated.


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Interesting - I have always wondered if the encouragement to drink more was tied up with the bottled water industry/ies I never remember this huge urge to drink so much, being a part of my childhood, nor did you see so many people round toting drink bottles as if walking through town was synonymous to crossing the desert
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I'm drinking my 4th liter of water today (I drink unfiltered well water), and I may have a 5th by the end of my day! Other than one cup of coffee in the morning, water is all I drink...well, sometimes I'll have a cup of tea at night...


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I only weigh 96 pounds, so I guess 6-8 is quite a lot I would think.


I only weigh 90 lbs, but I get over 2 liters/day.  Water is very important, but there isn't any "set" amount to drink; it definitely varies from person to person due to body factors, physical activity, etc.  Just make sure you get water when you feel thirsty and before and after exercise and I'm sure you'll be fine  


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I enjoy adding sea salt into my drinking water......works like electrolytes, bringing water inside the cell

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Wow good idea, how much salt do u add per glass?


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I live in CO and drink about 2--3 liters a day pending on my workout. I need water to feel good.. my  muscles ache when I do not have enough.
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i've been trying something new called Sole Therapy http://www.americanbluegreen.com/sole.html   because i've had a history of muscle cramps. Always been difficult to find the right mineral balance and actually absorb the minerals! This does seem to be helping with all the water that i drink. It does seem like adding a bit of sea salt would work as well - not sure fo their comment that it's not.


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I live in the desert, I needs my water!
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Lots. Since I can't have caffeine anymore or fruit juice, for the past year and 4 months, I only drink water, sometimes with a little lemon. I remember reading there is supposed to be a formula for how much liquids a person drinks based on body weight and exercise. I'll have to see if I can find it.
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The recommended amount of water consumption is 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. So, for example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should consume 70 ounces of water daily.


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According to Dr. Stephen T. Chang in his book entitled, "The Tao of Balanced Diet", he explains that healthy kidneys can only process 6 cups of liquid per day.  This includes your fruits and vegetables!  He goes on to further explain that if the kidneys are healthy and we drink more, they will (for a time) expel the extra but it puts strain on them.  What they can't eliminate is stored under our skin to (hopefully) be perspired throughout the course of the day.  [Right here I'll insert that the more you exercise and perspire, yes, he says you do need to drink more.]  IF NOT perspired, this toxin filled (remember it hasn't been filtered) liquid continues to lay under the skin and as it accumulates and time goes by it not only builds up putting pressure on our nerves but also begins to solidify over the months and eventually hardens.  It is difficult to break up and remove but can be done; the process he explains in his book.  We all know it as CELLULITE!

Imagine my shock upon reading this back in 2002 after having FAITHFULLY drank daily 64 oz. of water IN ADDITION to my fruits and veggies for 7 years!  This protocol was prescribed to me by my (then) naturapathic doctor.  Before I started the "heavy drinking" I had NO cellulite.  When I gave my thighs a good looking over after reading Dr. Chang's info, I was appalled and sickened at how bad they were.  Every day since I attempt to remove it following Dr. Chang's proceedure but, hey, it takes a lot of commitment and.... well, I'm at the age where I don't show my thighs in public anymore and so..... maybe if cellulite "hurt" I'd be more diligent?  But, seriously, it is sad that for 7 yrs. I abused my kidneys.... but that is life.  We can't know everything at once. It's a learning experience.  And it is what you do with what you know AS YOU COME TO KNOW IT that matters.  Any one agree?

Hey, you know what?  What if we just drink when we're thirsty???  Sounds like a plan to me.  


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Quoted from Enobattar
According to Dr. Stephen T. Chang in his book entitled, "The Tao of Balanced Diet", he explains that healthy kidneys can only process 6 cups of liquid per day.  This includes your fruits and vegetables!  He goes on to further explain that if the kidneys are healthy and we drink more, they will (for a time) expel the extra but it puts strain on them.  What they can't eliminate is stored under our skin to (hopefully) be perspired throughout the course of the day.  [Right here I'll insert that the more you exercise and perspire, yes, he says you do need to drink more.]  IF NOT perspired, this toxin filled (remember it hasn't been filtered) liquid continues to lay under the skin and as it accumulates and time goes by it not only builds up putting pressure on our nerves but also begins to solidify over the months and eventually hardens.  It is difficult to break up and remove but can be done; the process he explains in his book.  We all know it as CELLULITE!

Imagine my shock upon reading this back in 2002 after having FAITHFULLY drank daily 64 oz. of water IN ADDITION to my fruits and veggies for 7 years!  This protocol was prescribed to me by my (then) naturapathic doctor.  Before I started the "heavy drinking" I had NO cellulite.  When I gave my thighs a good looking over after reading Dr. Chang's info, I was appalled and sickened at how bad they were.  Every day since I attempt to remove it following Dr. Chang's proceedure but, hey, it takes a lot of commitment and.... well, I'm at the age where I don't show my thighs in public anymore and so..... maybe if cellulite "hurt" I'd be more diligent?  But, seriously, it is sad that for 7 yrs. I abused my kidneys.... but that is life.  We can't know everything at once. It's a learning experience.  And it is what you do with what you know AS YOU COME TO KNOW IT that matters.  Any one agree?

Hey, you know what?  What if we just drink when we're thirsty???  Sounds like a plan to me.  


Very interesting! I drink 2 liters of water a day sometimes plus veggies. However, I eat alot of protein.. and workout alot.

I often wonder if I am drinking too much water. I want to check out this book. Thank you for the insight.
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Hope you do, Marjorie.

First 2-3 days you will experience incredible thirst, but stick with it, it will go away.  You're body usually craves things that are bad for it (don't we all know).  Dr. Chang says to run your tongue over your teeth to create saliva and swallow when it gets bad OR if that doesn't get your mind off of your thirst, fill your mouth with water and swish, hold, but DON'T swallow... then spit.

Since you exercise more more than and A (me) you will have a challenge during this initial time to know when you need it and when it's just your body wanting it.  So be aware.

It helped me, in the beginning, to divide the day into 1/3's and allow myself 2 c. per period.  Remember that this includes your fruits and veggies.  Learn to chew well.  It helps.  And also remember that 6 c. is what a healthy, 100% functioning set of kidneys can process in 24 hrs.  Dr. Chang states in his book that 75% of all the people who make it past the age of 75 die of kidney disease.  Well, that info along with Dr. D's info concerning agglutination happening because of eating foods with offending lectins which, decade after decade accumulate in our kidneys (and brain stem), makes me aware that mine are not at 100%.  So now, after years of experience, I don't drink extra unless I'm thirsty.


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I find it hard to  beleive that absolutely everybody's kidneys can only filter 6 cups of water per day- it would seem logical to me that each individual would need slightly more or less, depending on a host of factors.

I know I don't feel as well when I don't drink as much water. I get headaches easily if I don't have enough. If I followed the "just drink when you're thirsty" rule, I'd be drinking WAY more than 6 cups of liquid per day!


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Quoted from Enobattar
According to Dr. Stephen T. Chang in his book entitled, "The Tao of Balanced Diet", he explains that healthy kidneys can only process 6 cups of liquid per day.  This includes your fruits and vegetables!  He goes on to further explain that if the kidneys are healthy and we drink more, they will (for a time) expel the extra but it puts strain on them.

I doubt this means that we should only intake 6 cup of liquid total...  We expel significant amounts of water vapor with every breath, we perspire depending on the activity level and amount of heat we are in throughout the day, and we discharge urine and fecal matter (which contains a certain amount of liquid).

Recommendations from medical sites:
  
According to MedlinePlus, the normal urine output for a healthy adult is 2 liters per day.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.




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I drink too much liquid, probably why I need to pee so much.  Besides just water, I have it in my morning shake and my tea during the day.  A glass of wine would also be liquid.  It all adds up.  It’s like an addiction; I don’t like to leave the house with a bottle of water with me.


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RL: Go ahead & enjoy your liquids.  I think it is a good idea to carry a bottle of water.
Maybe you have a little too much, but you may need more than the average. With all the pollutants around, extra water can't hurt.


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I'm also one that if I don't drink enough water, I usually feel the effects in sort of way. Could be headache related, or sinus stuffy.

One thing I noticed in this thread was some folks calculating their beverages with water content as considered in their daily intake. I don't believe you can do that. You might be able to get away with that with juices, maybe even milk, but I highly doubt you can drink a can of coke and can of beer or jack daniels whiskey, a cup of coffee and say you have had 16 ounces of water because that's how much liquid is in those cans.

If I'm not mistaken caffeine, and I know deffiniately alcohol, dehydrates you. I always thought if you had a cup of coffee, an alcoholic drink, you have to drink an extra same amount of water because of the dehydrating effect.

Is this incorrect??
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sometimes I'll have a cup of tea at night...
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I would count tea as a water source, so enjoy!


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I think different people need different amounts of water, depending on their diet, activity level, exercise where one may sweat a lot, also how well the kidneys are functioning. Some have weak kidneys, and drinking lots of water just puts more of a strain on the kidneys. People on raw food diets don't need much water at all, as fruits, vegetables and soaked nuts/seeds are already rich in water.
I also am not sure about the copper, chlorine in tap water, and my filter jug may not extract all this unecessary chemicals. There is lots of info about bottled water, so how would one decide what type of water to drink? Even drinking lots of water may not help if there are problems in the digestive system, some times the water just sits in the gut, not going anywhere, and this is not good, as excess water just allows pathogens to multiply.
There is nothing like a fresh raw juice from carrots, and maybe some other vegetables.
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I drink tons of water and I pee all the time...  I'm actually reading through this thread because I was starting to feel like maybe I should dial it back a bit on the water even if I'm thirsty.  I easily drink more than 3 liters a day.


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