How much water do YOU really need?
I’m only on day three of my year of the detox and man, I feel like I should be living in my bathroom! I’ve maintained my goals so far and consumed at least eight, 8 oz. glasses a day. I’ve also had to consume an extra for a celebratory bellini I had one evening. I am sure my body is grateful but I am peeing like crazy!!! I started with eight as my number of glasses but I want to up it, especially after reading in my book “The Detox Solution” by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald that I should be consuming even more. Apparently, there is an equation (isn’t there one for everything!) which can tell you how much water YOU should be drinking. This is instead of the eight arbitrary glasses that we’ve all heard so much about.
Divide your weight by two and that is the number of ounces you should be drinking. There are eight ounces in a 250 ml glass, so if you want to know what that equates to, just divide that first result by 8.
For example, a 130 pound person should be drinking 65 ounces of water daily. That equates to a wee bit over 8 glasses a day. Whereas, a 180 pound person should be drinking 90 ounces or about 11 glasses of water daily. According to this, I should actually be drinking approximately 15 glasses of water daily!!! Yikes! I don’t that’s going to happen anytime soon. I’m already having enough issues making my 8 glass minimum. Now, that’s not to say I can’ work towards it but I don’t think my body would be able to absorb that amount of water even if I pulled it off this early in the game.
It makes a lot of sense to me that your recommended water consumption should be tied in to how much you weigh. What do you think? How many glasses of water are you “supposed” to be drinking and does it seem possible?
The average person loses about 10 cups of water daily, so maybe my 8 cups is not quite there yet, but I also know it’s foolish to try to run a marathon the first time you strap on a pair of running shoes. I’m also sure my kidneys agree with a more paced hydration plan.
Posted on January 3, 2012, in Experiences, Information and tagged detox, Drinking water, Happiness, health, jennifer walker, Principles of Change, Self-Help, Weight Management, year of the detox. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.