Jake: Hey, I’m Jake of Body by Jake with your nutrition tip of the day. I’ve got Dr. P, and he has got answers! “How much water do I need on a daily basis?”
Dr. P: Well, you’re always hear drink eight glasses. So what you’re telling me is eight glasses for a 115 – 120 pound girl, and then me at 240 pounds? We should be drinking the same amount of water? Water really runs the show.
The definition of water: fish must swim in it. Not sparkly, not bubbly, not flavored. Just plain water-water.
The rule of thumb for water intake is ½ an ounce of water per pound of body weight and that’s your minimum number.
So if you weigh 200 pounds, 100 ounces of water. 33 ounces in a liter, three liters is a hundred. If you’re athletic, if you’re training, you’re working out every day: it’s literally up to one ounce of water for 1 pound of body weight.
The more you drink, the more you thirst, and water regulates temperature. So as we drink water, and it circulates through us, we just naturally perspire and sweat. You and I are doing it right now! That perspiration and sweat controls our temperature.
But if we don’t drink enough water, we don’t move nutrients and toxins through our system efficiently, right? And we don’t use our foods correctly. We don’t support digestive patterns and physically water controls our temperature. If we do not drink enough, our body will actually horde fat underneath our skin to act as insulation, to regulate your temperature.
So if your water intake is low, you’ll horde more fat than you should, even if your foods are perfect.
If your foods are spot-on, but your water is low, you’ll horde more fat than you should – that guy runs the show!
Jake: Dr. P, as always, that was perfect man!