Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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How Much Water Should I Drink?

Tuesday, 11 May 2010 09:42 AM


Question: I hear that adults are supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day. That seems like a lot, and people come in different sizes. What do you recommend?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

My primary recommendation on the use of water is that you ensure an adequate water intake every day. It is impossible to achieve optimum health or to recover from a chronic illness without adequate water intake.

The best way to figure your ideal water consumption level is to take your body weight in pounds, divide by two, and then use the result in ounces as your guide. For instance, a 200 pound man should drink 100 ounces of water a day. There are about eight ounces in a glass, so that’s 12-and-a-half glasses. Similarly, a 120 pound woman would need just 60 ounces, so that’s seven-and-a-half glasses a day.

If you exercise or have a physically active job, you might need even more.

As for the water itself, I recommend that you use a filter that removes fluoride and chlorine, as well as bacteria and parasites. There are many water filters on the market that meet these requirements. Since a filter system removes many minerals from tap water along with the toxic agents you don’t want, it is important to take daily vitamin and mineral
supplements.



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