How much water do you drink every day? The answer for most of us is “not enough”.  If you think about it, the human body is about 75% water and 25% solid matter.  Please note, it is NOT 75% Mountain Dew, coffee, tea, beer, juice or other liquid of choice; it is 75% WATER. It truly makes sense to believe that if we properly hydrate our bodies, they will be more likely to work properly.  Every day you lose 2 – 3 quarts of water through normal body functions such as perspiration and breathing.  In his book, Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj tells us that dehydration is as the root of most of our modern day diseases.
Picture in your mind a newborn baby–with their soft skin and (as long as they have a fresh diaper) their delightful smell. Now picture in your mind the sights and smells from the last time you visited a nursing home. At birth we are closer to 80% water, and at death we are closer to 50% water.

So how much water is enough? We often hear 6-8 glasses a day.   But if you really think about it, is simply doesn’t make sense to believe that everyone’s requirements are the same.  The person who weighs 100 pounds probably doesn’t need as  much water as the person who weighs 300 pounds.   If you are very active, you will use more than if you are sitting  at a desk all day.  In the Naturopath clinic  where I work, we recommend that you drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces every day.  (if you weigh 100 pounds, you need to drink 50 oz. of water daily).  If you are active,or sick, you should increase that amount up to 3/4 oz. per day.

As with all things, there are exceptions to this rule, but they are rare.  If your doctor has recommended that you limit your fluid intake due to such things as kidney or heart problems, please consult with him/her before increasing your water intake.