KOSA Acupuncture in Gaithersburg, MD describes How Much Water We Need To Drink.
You CAN lead a horse to water but you CAN’T make him drink.
Have you ever tried or even thought of forcing your pets to drink water? Probably not.
Those animals except for human know how much they need to drink exactly.
They drink just enough to wet their throat.
What if you force your dogs or cats to drink more than they need?
They will get angry and may even bite you because they may think you are trying to hurt them.
How Much Water Does a Camel Drink? (1)
Depending on their needs, camels can drink up to 114 liters of water in a 10-minute sitting.
However, during the winter, only their food provides water.
Camels can go several days without drinking.
Once water becomes available, they drink only to replenish what they lost.
Myths surrounding water intake
One of the studies specifically looked at some of the myths surrounding water intake and found no evidence that:(2)
Tea and coffee act as diuretics (substances that increase urine output);
Drinking extra water helps constipation;
Waiting until you are thirsty means you’re already dehydrated;
Dark urine means dehydration.
The myth behind drinking 8 glasses of water a day(3)
In 1945 when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council recommended approximately “1 milliliter of water for each calorie of food,” which would amount to roughly 2 to 2.5 quarts per day (64 to 80 ounces).
In its next sentence the board stated, “Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.”
But that last sentence seems to have been missed, so that the recommendation was erroneously interpreted as how much water a person should drink each day.
You can find the water contents in prepared foods in the article of Nutritive Value of Foods published by USDA(4).
Then, how much do you need to drink?Only when you are thirsty.
However, even though you are thirsty, it may be due to your habit of drinking and your body may not need that much.Sip by sip only and never gulp.
Hold water in your mouth as long as possible so that it can be mixed with your saliva and then swallow.
You can take another sip but wait at least two minutes and so on.
Once again, drink just enough to wet your throat because there is no big difference between sipping and gulping for wetting your throat.
Are the Benefits of Drinking Water True?
When you read articles about the benefits of drinking water(5) you would have to believe it is true because all others have told you pretty much same things too.
If that was true, pretty much all medical practitioners would have closed their business.
On the contrary, medical industry’s revenue has kept increasing and will continue to keep increasing in spite of people’s drinking too much nowadays.
The reasons why people have been experiencing the benefits of drinking too much are not because of water but because of other parameters;
No room to eat other foods, which are usually unhealthy
Placebo is very powerful healing tool and I actually encourage my patients to utilize it as much as possible.
Nevertheless, when you have a placebo that drinking only when thirsty will give you way more benefits than too much and it will be more powerful and effective.
If you have not seen any benefits of drinking too much in a month that would mean you need to change.
What if you drink too much?
Your body doesn’t have an overflow drain and is like a balloon.
Too much will apply lots of burden to your organs like stomach, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidneys and even liver.
According to KOSA Acupuncture’s theory, liver has additional responsibilities of muscle, sinews, vision, eyeballs, anger and reproductive organs to those conventional medicine thinks.
Drinking too much will ask your organs, especially liver to work harder in order to support muscles usage to deal with excessive water and it can result in higher blood pressure and heart rate.
Especially when you are not healthy, your body is in need of lots of rest and you don’t want to add any burdens to your organs unnecessarily.
Your bladder is not supposed to wake you up unless you are old like 80s or 90s.
Sleep is the one of the best medicines you can get for free.
Too much is too much.
Eat and drink as less amount and frequency as possible to expedite healing.
Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.
Listen to your body who knows how to heal itself.