|Water: Do You Need 8 Glasses a Day?|
Infographic from ClevelandClinic.org/HealthHub
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, unintentional chronic dehydration contributes to and even produces pain, many degenerative diseases and mental health conditions including depression, cancer, weight gain and obesity. Dr. B maintains that many of these diseases and conditions could be prevented and even treated by increasing water intake on a regular, daily basis.
For a more thorough explanation of Dr. Batmanghelidj's work, read
Obesity Cancer & Depression: Their Common Cause & Natural Cure or one of his other books.
So, just how much water should we drink? Is 8 glasses a day too little, too much or just right?
It turns out that the 8 glasses per day recommendation is just a guideline. In fact, each person's water intake requirements is different and depends on several factors as illustrated in this infographic. Factors influencing a person's individual water requirement include his or her size (weight), activity level, metabolism, geographical location, diet and general state of health.
Dr. B gives some guidelines on how much water to drink and the most beneficial times to drink it. He also warns that if you are thirsty, your cells are already dehydrated. He advises monitoring the amount and color of urine as a guide to whether or not you are taking in enough water and being aware of other symptoms of dehydration - including decreased coordination, fatigue, muscle cramps and headaches.
To stay properly hydrated, this infographic also offers some excellent tips.
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