How much water should I drink each day?

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.”

Healthy Honeybee

Buzz Buzz Buzz. I’ve always felt like a little bee buzzing around searching, learning, and striving to have a healthier home, healthier kids, healthier meals, healthier habits, and a gracious thankful attitude about everything. My name is Andrea and I am truly a “Healthy Honeybee”. I am a happy busy mom of three and I adore my family. I love to cook, clean, and always try to find more time to sit on the floor and “play” with the kids which really means jump on mommy time. Hubby’s job keeps us moving and starting over every 2-3 years which keeps my inner travel bug alive and my active planner mind always churning. On my webpage and blog, I hope you will buzz along with me learning and striving for having a healthier home and a healthier life. I will share tips, stories, and lots of research about my favorite food recipes, homemade personal care and cleaning products, exercise, essential oils, and more. I hope that you learn, laugh, and find easy solutions to make your life healthier.