Is it really important to drink lots of water?

We’ve been told for years to drink 6-8 glasses, or 2 litres, of water a day. Apparently it flushes all the toxins out of your body and gives you clearer skin and a healthy glow. But is it really that important?

An Iranian doctor, Dr. Batmanghelidj, went a step further and claimed that correct intake of water actually cures diseases. It might be worth checking out his books if you’re interested in this subject, and his website is here:

Dr. Batmanghelidj recommended we drink roughly 2 litres of water a day, or take our body weight in pounds, divide it by half, and drink that amount of water in ounces. So, if you’re 100 pounds, you should be drinking 50 fluid ounces of water each day (about one and a half litres). He recommends a glass when we wake up, before we go to bed, before and after each meal, and to include a tiny bit of salt (1/4 teaspoon in every 2 litres) to make sure we get the minerals we need.

However, some say it’s a myth that we need to drink this much water a day. Whilst it’s true that water is vitally important for our bodies, it’s claimed that we don’t need to be aiming for the 2 litre mark and can get along fine on about half of that. They also point out the amount of water present in a lot of foods we eat, such as fruit and vegetables. And of course, you can have too much of anything, including water- it’s rare, but a few people have died by drinking a lot of water in a short amount of time. So how can we round up the advice?

It seems to be agreed that the colour of urine is a good indicator of whether you are drinking enough water. Your urine should be coming out pretty much clear. You shouldn’t be feeling thirsty, and you shouldn’t be quenching your thirst with soft drinks and coffees. Everything in moderation.

I for one love drinking water- nothing else quenches thirst quite like plain, fresh water. I also love coconut water (so much that I’ll do a seperate post about it one day). There’s no doubt that we all need to drink water in place of unhealthy, sugary drinks and to hydrate ourselves, and listening to your own body should be a good indicator of whether you’re drinking enough.


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