||[May. 13th, 2006|01:03 am]
“ You should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” The bottled water industry loves this myth, but according to kidney specialist Dr. Heinz Valtin, there is no scientfic evidence to support the claim.
Actually, you need to drink a lot more than 20 'cups' to die. Its closer to 8 gallons in a day.
I read a news article a few years ago about how soldiers in Iraq (it did not specify which 'war' it meant) drank HUGE amounts of water (+8 gallons) a day to avoid dehydration. The result was their brain swelled up, they slipped into a coma (sp?), and died. The article said is was something about differences in salt concentrations. *shrugs*
The amount that you need to drink a day is mainly dependent on your weight. Pregnancy, ambient temperature, humidity, exercise, diarrhea, and health concerns can raise the requirements. The base is: [weight(lbs) x 16] / 240 mL = # of 8oz cups per day
If you google hard enough, you can find sites that let you calculate it. I posted a comment about this in the past here
I didn't mean die, I meant once you go over 6 litres a day is when it starts to give you ill effects as that volume of water puts stress your kidneys and begins to leech good nutrients from your body.
You're awesome Thank you so much for this information!
You are welcome. :- )
Unfortunately, due to weight gained during a long bout of depression (still hear actually), my base amount is over 18 cups of fluid a day. Then, living in SE Florida and being a human heater (sometimes sweat in 60F), I should drink even more.
Most days I only drink about 5-12 cups of ANY fluid.
Oh gosh! That's a lot of water. If you were drinking that much, I might need to send your bladder some flowers or something, just for being such a trooper.