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Daily Water Requirements:  

Drink 50-75% of your body weight in ounces.  

Sedentary people: 50%;  Active people: 75%

Example Calculation:

Pounds of body weight

Water requirement from above (75% of body weight for an active person)

Add for dryness of climate

Add for strenous exercise

150 lb.

112.5 oz.
 

+ 16 oz.

+ 16 oz.

Total per day144.5 oz.
Divide by the number of hours you're awake to find your hourly water requirement: 144.5 ÷ 16 =9 oz.

However, according to Dr. Mantena Raju, a Naturopath in India, the food that the majority of people presently consume foods that contain other factors such as oils, salt, sugar, spices and many other ingredients. These herbs, oils, salts and sugars affect the digestion process in many ways than people realize. 

Digestion of these kinds of cooked and processed foods takes a longer time, leaving large undigested matter for excretion. 

With this kind of diet, only 50% of undigested matter goes out of the body with the help of 2.5 liters of water, while the remaining 50% is deposited in the body.

Therefore, 2.5 liters of water is not enough to push out the stored undigested matter. 

Just as one thoroughly cleans the stove, bathroom, kitchen every day to remove dirt, so should the waste material in the cells be completely removed, and then the water flowing in the cell will be pure and clean. That water doesn’t give out a smell. and is not sticky. 

Most people suffer from strong body odor and have no idea that this is directly related to their water intake or the lack of it. Strong body odor is a good indicator that more water is required to flush out toxins. 

It is our responsibility to replenish 2.5 liters of water that is removed from the body daily, in order to keep it balanced and clean. 

Simply stated, we have to drink water two times more than the food we eat. How simple it that? “The greatest truth's are the simplest”.

Considering that the amount food intake differs from person to person; we can assume that a teenager of 15 years all the way to a man between 50 and 60 years old would normally consume an average of 2 kilos/4 lbs  of food per day. Therefore 5 to 6 liters of water daily would be ideal.

Those who put in more physical labor usually consume 2.5 to 3 kilos/5-6 lbs of food per day. Such people should drink 7.8 liters of water per day. If we eat more, the waste material produced in the body increases. It easily comes out along with the water. 

We have been consuming about 2 to 3 kilos/4-6 lbs of food per day, but not drinking enough water because we were not aware of the importance of water - Now we are!

 

CONSEQUENCES OF DRINKING LESS WATER

If you're not drinking enough water, you could end up with excess body fat, kidney stones, poor muscle tone, digestive complications, muscle soreness -- even water-retention problems.

Without water, we'd be poisoned to death by our own waste products.  When the kidneys remove uric acid and urea, these must be dissolved in water.  If there isn't enough water, wastes are not removed as effectively and may build up as kidney stones.  Water also is vital for chemical reactions in digestion and metabolism.  It carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells through the blood and helps to cool the body through perspiration.  Water also lubricates our joints.

We even need water to breathe:  our lungs must be moist to take in oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide.  It is possible to lose a pint of liquid each day just exhaling.

So if you don't drink sufficient water, you can impair every aspect of your physiology.  Dr. Howard Flaks, a bariatric (obesity) specialist in Beverly Hills, Calif, says, "By not drinking enough water, many people incur excess body fat, poor muscle tone and size, decreased digestive efficiency and organ function, increased toxicity in the body, joint and muscle soreness and water retention."

It has become a practice to regard a "dry mouth" as a signal of body water needs, which is further assumed to be well-regulated if the sensation of "dry mouth" is not present.  A dry mouth is the last outward sign of extreme dehydration, however.  Damage occurs to the body at a persistent lower level of hydration.  Because of a gradually failing thirst sensation, the body becomes chronically and increasingly dehydrated.

Signals of dehydration can be any of the following symptoms:

  • Heartburn, stomach ache

  • Non-infectious recurring or chronic pain

  • Low back pain

  • Headache

  • Mental irritation and depression

  • Water retention ( ironic but true! )

Further problems often develop when the...contd...

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