How much water should I be drinking per day?

Mineral water is my favourite drink. Always has been, always will be.

Did you know that the standard recommendation of drinking 8 glasses of water is not correct? Well, it’s a rather big generalisation. It’s also been propagated by the mineral water companies, so you can consume as much of their bottles as you can, in the shortest amount of time. Mo’ money for the manufacturers!

The truth is, everyone’s water needs are different. Your size, body composition, hormone function, activity levels, environment and state of health all come into play.

I drink 3-4L a day, but I’m also 5’9, lift weights, get very sweaty very quick, and take a few supplements. My body requires quite a bit of sodium as well (one day I’ll write a post on how I figured that out), so that probably makes me crave more water too.

So, how many glasses/litres do you need to drink per day? As many as you feel you need. If you want to see what the ideal amount for you is, you can always use a water intake calculator here. Mine actually measured up pretty accurately, however of course, that may not be the case for everyone.

The main thing to remember is to drink water whenever you’re thirsty. If you hardly drink water, try to drink some when you get ‘peckish’, sometimes our bodies have learnt how to ignore thirst and confuse it for food cravings. Or lucozade. Or Coke.

P.s, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE…AVOID TAP WATER AT ALL COSTS! Highly recommend against it, especially if you already have a chronic condition like arthritis, IBS, thyroiditis, etc. Tap water is full of toxins, heavy metals and traces of metabolised drugs and hormones – do you really want to nourish your cells with that shit? Go for mineral water or filtered water (please use a good quality filter, and remember to regularly change the filters!), as remember, confused hormonal signals can result in abnormal physiological functions.

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