Many of us tend to question the old myth that we need 8 cups of water a day to stay functioning and supple in our life. I looked further into this theory and this is what I discovered:
- Urine output accounts for about 1.5 liters of fluid each day
- You lose 4 cups of water by the simple body functions of breathing, sweating and the prayerful bowel movements
- If you engage in short bouts of activity (such as showing off at the gym) – add on another 1.5 – 2.5 cups of water
- Women who are breastfeeding need to add another 1 liter of water a day to account for the fluid that makes up their breast milk
- When you are sick and have a fever, your body is naturally losing more water to try to stay cool and your water intake needs to be higher simply to help ‘cool off’ your internal system
- If you live in a hotter climate your water loss through your skin is even greater
Knowing that our body literally removes about 2.5 liters (or 10 cups) of water each day it makes sense how the theory came to be.
The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume about 3 liters (or 12 cups) of water each day and women consume 2.2 liters (or about 9 cups) of water each day. Remember too that the average persons body weight is about 60-70% body water.
So if you are like many who struggle to get water in here is a tip:
- Find ways to decorate water – a cold pitcher in the fridge with cut up lemons, oranges, grapefruit, raspberries or kiwi’s can be a big hit
- Carry a water bottle with you at all times
- Focus on getting in more water rich fruit
According to ‘the fruit pages’ the highest percent of water containing garden produce is: Tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, lemons, red pepper, papaya, melons and grapefruit.
I think that calls time for a fruit salad!