Tuesday 20 March 2018 4.35pm
I'm a bit sceptical about drinking a gallon of water every day. At least until they get some more public toilets installed as well as the water fountains!
As one who has never drunk two litres of water in a day, I was interested to see these comments on an online health site:
"There really is no actual science behind the 8×8 rule [8 x 8-ounce glasses = 2 litres]. It is completely arbitrary."
"If you drink coffee or tea and eat water-rich foods, then chances are that this alone is enough to maintain fluid balance, as long as you don’t sweat much."
"For the majority of people, there probably isn’t any need to worry about water intake at all… the thirst instinct is very reliable and has managed to keep us humans alive for a very long time."
"At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need. As with most things, this depends on the individual."
"Do some self experimentation… some people may function better with more water than usual, while for others it only causes the inconvenience of more frequent trips to the bathroom."
"That being said, I am not sure if the small benefits of being “optimally” hydrated are even worth having to consciously think about it. Life is complicated enough as it is."
"If you want to keep things simple (always a good idea), then these guidelines should apply to 90% of people:
1. When thirsty, drink.
2. When not thirsty anymore, stop.
3. During high heat and exercise, drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.
4. That’s it."