Are You Drinking Enough Water To Feel Your Best?

by Dr. Karen Cann on July 29, 2010

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Generally speaking, you should consume approximately 2 – 3 liters of fluid each day. That is the equivalent of 8-13 glasses/day.  This estimate takes into account a person’s weight, medical conditions, medications, pregnancy/breast feeding, exercise habits, alcohol/caffeine consumption, and living environment (high altitude location or extremely cold or hot areas). Day-to-day activities may also increase your need for fluid. The type of water you drink also makes a difference as the ph of the water makes a big difference in how the body gets hydrated. You ultimately want water with a ph of 7.5 so the body can better absorb the water. We generally get about 20% of our water from the foods we eat and the liquids we consume. Remember, the human body is composed of about 70% water, so it is critical that we drink a lot of water throughout the day. The body can’t function properly otherwise. It may be difficult to drink enough water on a busy day. As a rule, take your body weight and divide it in half. This is the minimum water requirement/day. Add more if any of the above mentioned factors are applicable to you (see above mentioned text). Be sure you have water handy at all times by keeping a bottle for water with you when you’re working, traveling, or exercising. If you get bored with plain water, add a bit of lemon, orange, lime, or even cucumber for a touch of flavor. There are some brands of flavored water available, but watch for extra calories and additives such as aspartame, amminosweet, sucrolose, and other chemicals noted on the label of the drink product. These additives are bad for you because they are proven to be toxic to the body. If you have any questions about this subject or what store brands are best for you, please leave me a message here, give me a call, or come in to see me.

 To your health! -Dr. Karen Cann

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