Water or No Water… How Much Is Enough?
Have you ever exhaled on a mirror and noticed the temporary fog you created. The moisture is the result of the millions of tiny droplets of water that are carried out of our lungs in every breath. Result? Every breath we take dehydrates us a little more. Ever wonder why when you awake after a nights sleep, you are dry and pasty? You have been dehydrating all night! You might as well have run a marathon. Some time in the past someone said, “the AVERAGE person exhales anywhere from 48 to 64 ounces of water a day (about 1 to 1 1/3rd liters) just breathing.” That statement is almost wholly inaccurate.
The amount of water we will exhale a day is dependent on a number of things:
- Climate (the dryer or hotter, the more water lost).
- Physical activity (the more active, the more water lost).
- Diet (processed foods in the diet, the more water needed to digest them).
- Use of Caffeine or any diuretics (diuretics cause your body to expel water thru urine).
- Stress (stress causes the liver to work harder. The liver runs on water like a washing machine to cleanse and purify your system).
There is a patently false “old wives tale” known by many that for every cup of coffee, you need 3 cups of water. Hog wash! Look at 1-5 above and see how that statement is foolishly wrong. Most of us know little about how much water they need. There are obvious symptoms of thirst such as:
- Smacking of the lips
- Can’t swallow
- Dry lips
- Pasty mouth
- Dry mouth
- Cloudy urine
- Dry eyes
Therefore, if you follow your symptoms and drink water when you are thirsty and don’t drink it, when you are not thirsty, you will be far better off. If you are so inclined, experiment and try drinking 200 ounces of water in a day (or more) and see what happens. I’ve done it. Remember, water is the life blood or oil of the body. The body will not run without it. Eliminate what is causing you to lose fluid (water) and you will feel the difference.