Although there has been renewed interest in the specific recommended quantity for daily intake, water is an essential component of healthy eating. There has been some concerns that the previous recommendations were too high. However, as a significant percentage of the adult population is dehydrated, it is safe to say that most people aren’t in danger of exceeding the current recommendation of eight glasses of water per day.
Drink when you are thirsty. Drink water instead of sodas. While juice is good, it is best to eat some whole fruit rather than get all your fruit in juice form.
Feel Your Best With Water
“Most people are walking around in a moderately dehydrated state,” says Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, author of Power Eating. According to Kleiner, we all need a “bare minimum” of 8 to 12 cups of fluids daily, even more to replace the fluid you lose during exercise. Of these 8 to 12 cups, Kleiner advises at least 5 cups be pure water.
The color of your urine is a good indicator of the level of hydration. Clear and pale indicates adequate hydration.
8 x 8 ounces (64 oz = 2 quarts = 1/2 gallon) per day
Is this recommendation based on actual need or current obsession? There is plenty of discussion. The best advice is be sensible and gear your intake to activity level, especially if there is sweating involved. There is also discussion about what to include in the water intake “count.” All beverages that are water-based count towards the daily intake.
These benefits may be a bit overstated, especially when associated with the practice of flushing or ingesting large quantities of water, often without food.
- washes impurities and toxins from the body
- eliminates weight gain associated with high sodium intake
- keeps skin looking healthy
- space fluid intake out – too much water at once can create an imbalance in the electrolytes
- insufficient daily water intake can contribute to constipation and other digestive disruptions
Seniors Often Do Not Drink Sufficient Amounts of Water
As we age, we may feel less thirsty than in our younger years although our body still requires the same amount of water each and every day as it did during our younger years.
Special Health Notes
Heart and kidney patients may be advised to drink less water per day by their physician.
The Wonders of Water