Sunday, October 17, 2010

Calculating Your Own Daily Water Requirements - By Dr. Thomas Stearns Lee

1 kilogram = 2.20462262 pounds

The human body is composed of 25% solids and 75% water.  Brain tissue is said to consist of 85% water. 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 sensation of thirst urges an intake of water, and instead, soda pop, coffee, or alcohol-containing beverages are taken to quench the thirst.  While these beverages contain water, they are actually dehydrating fluids.  Not only do they eliminate the water contained in them, but they also cause you to lose further amounts of water from your body's reserves!

Daily Water Requirements: 

  • Drink 50-75% of your body weight in ounces.  
  • Sedentary people: 50%;  
  • Active people: 75%

Example Calculation: 

Pounds of body weight = 264 lb

Water requirement from above (75% of body weight for an active person) +198 oz

1 US fluid ounce = 0.0295735296 liter

Total per day in liter = 5.85 liter a day... ;-) 

Therefore, a 150-pound active person who works out should drink 9 oz. of water for each hour awake. This is only an estimate.  "Actual milage may vary."


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