How much water do we need to drink, some books say eight glasses, others say a litre and I have read that you should drink as much as 2 litres a day?

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How much water do we need to drink, some books say eight glasses, others say a litre and I have read that you should drink as much as 2 litres a day?

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Most of us do not drink nearly enough water and chronic dehydration can cause many problems some of which we just aren't aware of.

We can be dehydrated and not feel thirsty so drinking enough fluid is a habit you have to get into. Research shows that many conditions are the result of consuming too little water, including headaches, aches and pains, stomach ulcers, adult diabetes and some depressions.

Up to two thirds of our body is made up of water and it is constantly being lost in water vapour, sweat, urine and faeces.

How much water you should be drinking?

Work out how much you weigh in pounds and then half that figure. That figure is how many ounces of water you should drink a day. A glass of water is approximately 8 ounces of water.

For example: If you weigh 9 stone and 4 pounds, your total weight is 130 pounds. If you half that figure you are left with 65 which divided by 8 leaves you with just over 8. So you should drink eight glasses of water a day.

You should bear in mind that if you drink diuretics such as coffee you will need to drink four glasses of water for every cup of coffee (that is on top of daily amount!).

You should always drink lots more water if you are ill as it will allow your body to flush out toxins and bacteria and speed up the healing process.

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