8 cups of water isn't enough for me
Friday, July 31, 2009
Today I learned that you can change the "cups of water" goal from the nutrition page under "change nutrition goals."
I changed my water goal to 15 cups of water a day. Does that sound like a lot? It actually might be on the low side of what I need.
The "8 cups of water" recommendation we have heard all our lives is based on the average person at a healthy weight and some other factors. However, most people have higher water requirements because of their weight and perspiration levels.
People who don't drink enough water can have a lot of health problems. Personally, I used to drink about 10 cups of water a day and I had a lot of trouble with my health, including problems with my vision, headaches, and strange sensations in my skin. My doctor recommended a different water requirement for me, and it has worked for me for nearly a year.
What I do is I take my weight and divide that in half, then I aim drink that number of ounces each day. We get some of our water from food, such as soups, cereal etc. I probably don't have to drink a full 20 cups of water, but I definitely need considerably more than 8 cups a day. So, I aim for about 15, and drink even more when I exercise or spend a lot of time outdoors in the heat.