How much water do YOU really need?

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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.


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Posted on January 3, 2012, in Experiences, Information and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. The eight glasses of water is having the same affect on me.

  2. Hi, I think the body weight thing gets pretty ridiculous for those of us who are bigger. It’s a bit gross, but the colour of your urine is a good indication of whether you’re drinking enough water – if there’s little to no colour, then you are hydrated properly. There is such a thing as drinking too much water, so I think 8 glasses a day is probably a better guide than body weight. Remember that you also get hydration from food you eat, and other liquids you drink during the day.

    • I agree that once you get to a certain number of glasses it gets a bit ridiculous but the average person actually loses 10 glasses a day, so if you weigh more than 130 lbs (which the average woman does) you should drink more than 8 glasses…working up to it. But I agree…15 glasses is silly. Maybe they should find a maximum…like 11. I think I could handle 11. lol 🙂

  3. I’ve been drinking tons of water the last few days (I’d say around 10 x 8oz) , but that’s because I’ve been constantly thirsty as the result of the flu I have. Perhaps there’s one possible upside to the flu? Giving me a chance to get in the habit of drinking tons of water….? :S Also – question for you, Jen: where does tea fall? Does herbal tea (peppermint or ginger for example) count as water intake according to your rules?

    • I don’t count the tea in my 8 glasses of pure water, but if you want, you can count the tea as overall liquid consumption as long as it isn’t caffeinated. Caffeinated teas cause your body to release more water than it consumes in the cup of tea itself. 🙂

    • That’s terrible, but I can’t believe she drank 4 litres in two hours! That’s 16 cups and she was only 5’2″. I’m 6’0″ and I’m not even supposed to drink that much in an entire day. Scary. PLEASE, NO ONE DRINK THAT MUCH IN THAT SHORT A TIME! Thanks for sharing Sandi.

  4. According to your equation I would need to drink about 12 glass. I already drink 4 bottles(8 glass)a day and I am wondering if it helps losing weight because of all the trips to the bathroom. It’s crazy, I should count the steps lol

  5. When I first started a cleanse with a naturopath I had to start drinking 2L of water a day, which left me running to the bathroom every two minutes. Your body does get used to it after a while and I have found that just using a 1L bottle and making sure I sipped two a day helped to keep me on track. Drinking out of a glass just seemed like too much water to me. A weird mental game but hey it worked. Good luck with upping your water intake. It does amazing things to your skin!

  6. well there’s also more to factor in than just body weight. as others said consumption of other liquids like non caffeinated beverages. exercise, and ultimate goal.

    For example: I should by weight be consuming 2.5 liters by bodyweight alone. Which to me seems reasonable. And which doing crossfit I try to consume 3 litres. I have three glass 1 littre bottles that i fill with water and leave on the counter in the kitchen so they are always in sight. thus reminding me to drink them. Plus I find i can swallow down more water at room temp. then one gets into the debate on drinking room temp or cold water (upping calorie burn etc)

    anyways, I keep falling off the water bandwagon because I know your bladder adjust in like two months to the amount of water… but i can’t seem to conviince myself to last. 3 days of running to the bathroom so much drives me insane.

    i plan on getting back on it, basically forced to right now since my surgery and the meds are diuretic and i also have to keep my system well flushed…. soooooo I’ll try to stick it out with you. but geez, I cannot stand peeing so much. It’s a real bummer when trying to do crossfit. Lifting heavy weight and always having to urinate is totally not a good mix. thankfully no accidents yet. lol

  7. Hi Jenn,

    Okay, I’m ready to start the water routine. I’ve been researching exercise and diet programs because I know I have to start something. I’ve had it with feeling like a fat old lady. I want my old body back! Haven’t decided what diet & what exercise routine to start yet but I’ll definitely start the 8 glasses of water daily as of tomorrow morning…and work up to 12 a day. I’ve also ordered walking poles to make taking a walk more fun and more of a work out. I know that’ll be a hard routine to get into but I’m going to do it!

    • That’s great Linda! Your body will thank you for all the hard work you’ll be putting in. Definitely start with the 8 glasses and work up, but if you can’t handle a full 12 don’t let that get you down. Anything above 9 is gravy! Congratulations on starting down the road to health!

  8. Drink some of it as watered down tea and it will stay down longer even better add lemon or lime before meals and start the digestive process earlier. 😀

    I have slowed down the pee process as I have gone through the year of drinking more water (bare min of 64 oz). At first I felt as thought I was going ever few seconds. Now, it is “Almost Normal” … just almost.

    Watery tea does count as WATER. 😀 Specially if it is herbal …

    Anyway … thanks for stopping by. 😀

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