Detox your Diet: Do you have to drink 8 glasses of water a day?

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND November 18, 2008

Yes. You have to remember that your body makes up 70-75% of your total body weight and blood is 90% water. Water is involved in all your bodily functions and helps the body to maintain its temperature, aids in digestion, helps transports nutrients, lubricates your organs and muscles, and helps to flush out waste and toxins from the body.

8 glasses of water a day (64 ounces) is a good amount of water to replenish your body, but if you exercise or are carrying extra body weight, your body will need more water to hydrate itself. Your body is also getting water from the fruits, vegetables, juices, soups, etc. that you are eating throughout the day; but it is still a good rule of thumb to drink 8 glasses of water a day. If you are not getting enough water throughout the day, your body will compensate and take water from other places (including your blood, your cells or from your organs), making your body work slower and harder.

Remember, by the time you feel thirsty, your body has already been dehydrated for some time.

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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