The daily WATER dilemma questions—How much do I need to drink? Can I really be dehydrated since I’ve had coffee, tea, and a smoothie? Why do I need to drink straight up, unflavored water? You can find lots of varying info on the web to answer these questions, but here is my compiled, researched, summarized opinion: IF YOU ARE THIRSTY, DRINK WATER. Our brilliant bodies tell us when we need fresh, clean, un-added, un-flavored, straight up water! Although we may not be “dehydrated” since other foods and beverages have supplied us water and moisture, we need fresh water to clean out and detoxify our organs and cells.
How much do I need to drink? The general rule of thumb suggested by many medical professionals is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. More if you are outside in the heat and if you are exercising. Breastfeeding moms also need lots of water. However, The Dr. McDougall Health & Medical center says there are so many variables determining each person’s hydration levels. We obtain some level of hydration from everything we eat and drink. But are you eating healthy foods and beverages high in water? Dr. McDougall says, “If you are consuming the typical American diet, which is high in refined, processed foods, the average moisture content of these foods can be as low as 3%. In addition, the typical American diet is very high in salt, which will also increase your thirst. However, if you are eating a diet based on unrefined intact starches, they are around 70% moisture, and you are adding in lots of fresh fruits and veggies, which are about 90% moisture, than you are getting lots of water from one of the best sources possible, your food.” https://www.drmcdougall.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=6149