We have all heard we that ‘we are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day’ but there is no scientific research to back this up and some health professionals think this requirement is “nonsense.”
No one is arguing that our bodies don’t need to be properly hydrated. We are in fact 75 percent water and all that, but how much water we need to actually drink to stay hydrated is another story.
I’ve personally experienced this! I barely drank water for TWO YEARS and stayed fully hydrated. How I accomplished that will become obvious.
How Did The 8 Glasses a Day Idea Come About?
It all began in 1945, when the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board published: “A suitable allowance of water for adults is 2.5 liters daily in most instances. An ordinary standard for diverse people is 1 milliliter for each calorie of food. Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.”
Since then,The British Dietetic Association has declared that an average adult should drink 10.5 cups of water per day.
Also, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says the average sedentary man should drink 12 glasses of water a day, and the average sedentary woman 9 glasses per day.
The truth is water is an essential nutrient for life. Without water we would die in a few days. No other nutrient deficiency has such a profound effect. According to reports from doctors, seventy-five percent of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration.
Should You Really Drink That Much Water?
To drink 8 glasses of water a day is “thoroughly debunked nonsense,” being spread by bottled water companies in order to churn up more profit, says Dr. Margaret McCartney, a general practitioner from Scotland.
Then there are unfounded claims that older adults need to drink more water.
“… Healthy older adults maintain water input, output and balance comparable to those of younger adults and have no apparent change in hydration status.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
So How DO We Stay Hydrated?
If you read the first water requirement from the US Food and Nutrition Board you will probably notice the “2.5 Liters per day part”. What everyone has been failing to notice is the last sentence which says… “Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods”.
You DO eat prepared foods don’t you?You do consume raw food don’t you?
Yes. We can get water fluids from our foods, especially fruits and vegetables. See below the few examples of food with high water content.