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How Much Water to Drink In a Day? Ask The Toilet

Updated on January 12, 2013

How Much Water Do I Need Each Day?

If you are wondering how much water you need to drink to maintain a healthy diet, there is a good answer and then there is an even better test.

The good answer is the one that you have read many times. The average person should get at least 8 glasses (8 ounces) of water per day. That's simple enough right?

Well, maybe not. You see, there are lots of shapes and sizes and activity levels of people out there, so it really doesn't make sense that we would all be fine with the same water requirement. On top of that, so many other things contain water that is considered to meet your water needs but that is nearly impossible to actually calculate as you eat or drink the things adding this additional water. Because of this, how in the world can you really measure?

The good news is that the answer to this problem is very simple.

make sure you drink enough water
make sure you drink enough water

Ask The Toilet

When you really want to know if you are drinking enough water you shouldn't search in websites for the answer. You need only ask the toilet. You see, the answer is in your bowl.

When a person is not getting enough water as part of a healthy diet, their urine is a darker yellow color. Before you think it's that simple know this. Different colors can mean different things other than hydration, so consult a doctor if you are not sure what you are seeing.

On the other hand, a person who is well hydrated will find that the toilet bowl is quite clear after using the facilities. Clear or very light yellow urine is a good sign that you are adequately hydrated.

Another test to go along with the color you see in the toilet is the frequency at which you go. If you go every 2 hours or so you are probably doing pretty well. If you can go from breakfast until lunch without making a trip you almost certainly are dehydrated.

Why You Need Enough Water?

So why should you really care?

Well, because getting enough water each day is important for your body to function properly. Your body is made up mostly of water. It is perhaps the most important ingredient that makes you function. You must resupply your body's water supply to exist.

If you are trying to cut weight, proper water consumption is a must. In fact, dehydrating yourself will actually cause you to gain weight. If you don't believe that, just increase your water consumption until the toilet test passes and watch what happens. Your body will release excess water once it knows there is a consistent supply coming.

Athletes who work out for long periods of time also need to get lots of water to replenish their stores, especially if they want to get the full benefits of weight lifting workouts and long cardio routines.

So, the next time you wonder how much water you need in a day, just ask the toilet.

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