What’s the Real Story Behind Daily Water Consumption?March 17, 2016
The numbers! So many formulas! The strong warnings! The pleading and the gnashing of teeth! The edicts from the World Health Organization! Drink more water now! It’s enough to send you scurrying to a dry and thirsty land. But what’s the straight and narrow on daily water consumption?
While most health experts may disagree on the quantity of water the average person should consume per day, they all agree drinking fluids – and especially water – is absolutely necessary for good health.
Formulas vary. The basic rule – part of the lexicon of wellness aficionados for years – is that we should consume at least 64 ounces of water per day. It’s called the 8X8 rule. That’s eight 8-ounce glasses per day.
Other researchers say the number should be considerably higher. The heavy-hydration formula works this way: Divide your weight in pounds in half. That number is about how much water you should consume per day. So let’s say you weigh 200 pounds. You should drink 100 ounces. That’s about 13 glasses per day. That’s the advice the Mayo Clinic has espoused, but has added that the total includes all daily fluid intake, such as coffee.
On other side of the debate, some recently published analyses say the original numbers are just fine and may even need to go lower, that is if you live basically a sedentary lifestyle in a mild climate. And that number, by the way, still shouldn’t drop below 32 ounces daily.
What Do the All the Numbers Mean to Me?
While most of these numbers may be fun for the theorists, mathematicians and health experts among us, the best advice just might simply be to consume more bottled water. And for good reason: A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control states nearly half of all Americans don’t get enough water. More than a third of those drink four to seven glasses of water per day – which meets the minimum daily water consumption requirements but still falls short of the optimum.
Drinking more bottled water is the preferred option of choice – in so many respects. At Azure Water, we make providing pure, clean water our top priority. Explore our articles on the many benefits of added water consumption in all areas of your health and well-being, including weight loss, improving cognitive function and lowering blood pressure.
Increasing your daily water consumption by adding more bottled water into your health arsenal is the easiest and most convenient way to reach those numbers. And physicians say don’t fret too much if you miss the mark. Many foods have heavy water content, according to WedMD.
Here are some common water-heavy foods:
- Lettuce (1½ cup): 95 percent
- Watermelon (1½ cup): 92 percent
- Broccoli (1½ cup): 91 percent
- Grapefruit (1½ cup): 91 percent
- Milk (1 cup): 89 percent
- Orange juice (3/4 cup): 88 percent
- Carrot (1½ cup): 87 percent
- Yogurt (1 cup): 85 percent
- Apple (one medium): 84 percent
We at Azure Water know that sometimes it’s difficult to juggle the formulas and do the math. Our advice: Just grab a couple bottles of water and enjoy.
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