How much water should I drink each day?

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Possibly slightly controversial, but I would say, drink water if you’re thirsty, otherwise forget about it. You don’t see lions or horses wondering if they’ve consumed their two litres per day? The original 1930’s article that formed the basis for this modern opinion, was an American who actually said that the average person consumed on average around two litres per day, which included all the water in food, of which there is actually quite a high percentage.

There is no scientific basis for having to drink two litres daily. It is a persistant myth. A study was done on twins, where one only drank when thirsty (approx half a litre) and the other drank two litres daily. On checking the two litre twin at the end of one month, she was found to have no changes in any of the medical tests. The only change was that she spent a lot more time in the loo.

By all means swap water for any other drinks, such as coke, fruit juice, coffee, tea, alcohol etc, and that will almost certainly improve your health, but other than that, drink when thirsty, eat when hungry, sleep when tired. Also bear in mind there is water in all the above drinks, and in all the food you eat too, though sweet drinks do fool the body’s mechanism, and make you thirstier.

  • Jo Fellowes
    Wow, I didn’t know that about the study, really interesting, thanks for sharing that. Really good info.
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