Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Health Tip (Water)

How much water?

You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. You should drink a half ounce of water for every pound of body weight, unless you're very active, in which case you should increase your water intake to two thirds an ounce per pound of body weight daily 

If you weigh 120 lbs. you need to take 60 oz. of water or a little less than 2 quarts or 8 glasses of water

If you are 210 lbs you need to take 105 oz of water or about 7 quarts or 13 glasses of water 

8 oz = 1 regular glass of water
32 oz = one quart (4 glasses of water)
128 oz = one gallon (16 glasses of water)


We have to be careful of this in a lot of circumstances. When flying in an airplane your body can become dehydrated. Make sure you drink a glass of water for each hour you spend in the air.

Sports & Exercise: 

Hyper hydration is the process of drinking plenty of water for two to three days before an athletic event. The body is about 60 percent water and it needs to be fully hydrated to perform optimally. When the outside temperature or humidity is especially high the body requires even more water because it must work harder to cool itself.

Water retention:

Fluid retention can be caused by excess salt intake. Drink plenty of water to help flush out the salt. You also need potassium to balance out the salt and potassium ratio.

Bad Breath:

Drinking lots of water and peppermint tea with a pinch of anise, caraway or cinnamon.


Water is needed to flush the liver and dilute the bile. Without enough water the bile secretions can turn into gallstones.

Kidney stones: 

Water helps decrease the concentration of the stone-forming elements in the urine.

Urinary tract infections:

People who get infections usually don't get enough water. The urine sits in the bladder too long and bacteria can build up. Drinking lots of water will flush out the bacteria.

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