Who Said You Need 8 Cups of Water a Day?


Staff Writer

Everyone wants to live forever, unfortunately forever is not very long. The world surrounds itself with the idea of herbs and pure elements of water to being the answer or cure to the idea of a

longer life. Doctors and medicines can continue for days as the list of new discoveries continue, but what always seems to stick in the human minds are myths. Perhaps myths are more preferred to believe by its common sense, but in this case what would you think if someone told you that you didn’t really need water.

Health is a priority in life although there’s a difference between myths and reality and one of them can be the myth of having to drink eight ounces of water eight times a day. Sounds like a lie, but it has never been scientifically proven to need so much water. It is not a mystery or unheard of; actually a variety of our doctors know all about it. Like every myth it had its start; in this case it began in 1945 at the Food and Nutrition board of the national academy of sciences. Though it first appeared in dietary guidelines on the intake of 8 glasses a day or perhaps even a suggestion of 2.5 liters of fluids to be digested. Although it partly came from a 21st nutritionist at Harvard school of Public health, Frederick J. Stare, who first recommended 6 to 12 ounce glasses of water 8 times a day. However, no clinical study was actually cited.

How much do we really need you ask, well we still have no clue. It is still simply based on the common assumption of age, gender, body size, health, and physical activity. It’s never realized, but 80% of our daily water is received from various beverages like milk, juice, etc ,and 20% comes from the digestion of food. One dependable symptom is thirst as a sign of dehydration,  although it is not recommended to over-do it on the intake of water;  only because the possibility of drinking too much water is similar to drowning, which could kill you.

Despite the fact that the majority of our entire body is made out of water there is actually a problem with taking in only water. After a long run or hot day water can solve the dehydration, but it can not solve the small amount of nutrition our body also needs. By drinking only water we are causing a curve with our electrolyte’s balance because not only is water needed, but so is sodium for the outer shell of the cell. For instance, the color of our pee is not a sign of dehydration, it’s not a bad thing overall.

Listening to your body is the best option, when our thirst mechanism tells us we’re thirsty then drink as much water as you want, there’s no exact proven amount.




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