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Daily water intake?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 03, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I think this is the perfect forum to me ask this question as most of you tend to have a good knowledge of the latest research & also familiar with the basic premises behind Paleo eating

My question is simply - should we force ourselves to drink 'X' amount of water per day like the '8 glasses' so often recommended? (at least here in the uk)

I ask as im hardly thirsty unless im exercising, i may have some tea during the day but moslty out of boredom at work rather than being actually thirsty, and if i force myself to drink water i end up peeing a lot!

I read a lot about fasting & one of the doctors who carried out thousands of fasts under his supervision (Herbert M Shelton) recommends only drinking when your thirsty, i don't see why this wouldn't apply to everyday water intake aswell, this just makes sense to me especially with Paleo principles of not wasting anything/living like we would've done in the past, i'd bet in hunter gatherer socities water is cherished & not just guzzled down because the government (that didnt exist) tells you to drink X amount of water

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on April 03, 2013
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yeah, the only things i go off really are dry mouth and how water tastes, i feel ive had too much if it no longer tastes refreshing, i guess pee color could be a good indicator to work off aswell. I don't like spending 50p per bottle of spring water then just pee 90% of it out!

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on April 03, 2013
at 01:37 PM

Humans are equipped with a mechanism to alert them when they need to drink some water.

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on April 03, 2013
at 02:52 PM

If you aren't exercising and it's not very hot you don't need to drink much additional water outside of meals, if you do then there might be a medical condition involved. Also most whole foods are 60-96% water anyway (cooked meat is 60-65 and cucumbers are 96.

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on April 03, 2013
at 09:53 AM

Simple answer to simple question: no. I can't what problems that there can be if one is in touch with thirst impulses and goes with them.

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on April 03, 2013
at 09:58 AM

yeah, the only things i go off really are dry mouth and how water tastes, i feel ive had too much if it no longer tastes refreshing, i guess pee color could be a good indicator to work off aswell. I don't like spending 50p per bottle of spring water then just pee 90% of it out!

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