How much water should I drink per day?

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How much water should a person drink per day? As a personal trainer, I get that question asked on a daily basis. First lets look at all the features and benefits of water.

Pure water is clear, colorless liquid made up of hydrogen and oxygen. Water is the most abundant substance on planet earth. Humans are comprised of about 75% water. Water is necessary for maintaining most body processes, such as transporting nutrients and waste products around the body in the blood. Blood is 80% water. 

Uses of water:

  • Dilutes toxins in the body and expels them
  • Aids in kidney action
  • Prevents constipation
  • May contain some naturally occurring fluoride to protect teeth
  • Drink plenty of water if you suffer from edema
  • Drink water to counter the effects of a hangover and illness
  • Hard water may play a role in preventing hypertension and heart disease
  • Drink water if your fatigued-most common cause of dehydration is fatigue

These are just a few of the positive benefits of drinking water. I also have heard such claims that it may even help prevent some cancers and ease arthritis.

What I tell people when they ask me, how much water should a person drink per day, is to take your weight, divide that number by 2, that’s how many ounces of water per day you should drink. Example: Say I’m 200 lbs, 200 divided by 2=100-I should drink 100 ounces per day.

Note: Water should be filtered before its drunk if it contains impurities. Bottled mineral waters may be high in sodium.

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