View Full Version : Do we really need to drink 8 glasses of water?
03-27-2006, 03:07 PM
Since I eat so much produce- which has a high water content, do I really need to drink 8 glasses (the old stand by- maybe more depending on who you talk to) of water?
For some reason, I have never been a big water drinker. I am not a big drinker of anything at all actually.
Are any of you more experienced raw foodist not drinking the recommended
amount of water daily?
I tried but I the most I ever go was 32 oz and I felt like I was floating and swishing around.
03-27-2006, 03:11 PM
It was either in a thread here or somewhere else I read that the whole "8 glasses of water" idea is based on our SAD eating society who eats a lot of processed foods, cooked foods, etc.
But we are getting water from natures BEST distiller...fruit! We need water, but I personally don't think we need to drink as much water as those who eat cooked food. Now, if we eat a lot of nuts or dehydrated foods, then we probably need more water...but then, more than likely your body will ask for it anyway through thirst! :)
03-27-2006, 03:13 PM
Personally I love water and for me, there is something magical about water... water gives me an energy I could never get from any other beverage. I think that water is an individual thing....I personally drink a gallon of water per day and that is when I feel my best when I am doing this on a continual basis. Some people I know can't handle this and might get sick so maybe it is dependant on several factors. When I make the transition to 100% raw I might not need to drink a whole gallon.
03-27-2006, 03:17 PM
Like foods, I think every body is different when it comes drinking certain amounts of water. Some can get by on a little or need a lot. I personally drink 100+ oz of water a day (before and during raw). I just am constantly thirsty and feel I need to flush out toxins all the time. Some people feel great on less than 64 oz of water a day though, as long as they feel healthy. Though so people on SAD say they feel healthy...that is until they go RAW, I guess that can be the same with the amount of water you drink? Ok, I'm probably not making any sense atthis point...I try.
03-27-2006, 03:27 PM
I never drink 8 glasses of water. I eat a lots of fruits & vegetables so I get some of my water intake that way.
03-27-2006, 03:51 PM
Thirst can hide itself as hunger or tiredness. I agree that we do not need to drink as much as SAD eaters but I do think that we have stifled our thirst and no longer know how to listen to it.
Try drinking more water for a while and see how you react. I think that you will feel thirsty more as your body learns to expect and appreciate it.
03-27-2006, 04:44 PM
I drink about 3 litres of water a day...I sometimes wonder if I'm overdoing it...considering I eat about 6-8 pieces of fruit a day as well...
03-27-2006, 05:06 PM
I think it depends.........
Somedays I will consume a total of a gallon and somedays I undermine my consumption. I believe the purer we become, the less water needed.........like these days with all the toxins I am ridding and moving, I am more suseptible to thirst.
03-27-2006, 06:11 PM
Before raw, I used to carry a bottle of water with me always. Yet, I had hard skin on my heels. Since incorporated lots of sweet, juicy fruit in my diet, my skin has softened up. These days, I get my water from juicy fruit. When thirsty, I have fruit. Water from fruit is of the best kind, clean and full of nutrients. Nothing stops my thirst better than juicy fruit.
I remember thinking how weird it was, when I first heard of raw foodists eating fruit and not drinking water. Now I am doing this! When one eat lots of juicy fruit, there is really no need for lot of extra water (as evidenced by a sufficient number of visits to the bathroom), unless one exercises heavily. Also, if one eats dehydrated foods, then drinking water is important. Water is essential, 90% of our bodies is water. Many health problems originate from dehydration (gum problems, for example).
03-27-2006, 07:24 PM
No. I read (but can't remember where) that the Dr. who made the original statement said that the body needs 64 oz of water per day. When he said this, he meant total water, including things like soup, coffee, juice, and of course fruit and vegetables. Someone else looked at this and falsely interperted it to mean that one needs to drink 8 glasses of water, each being 8 oz. This probably caught on because it was easier to remember and understand than what the Dr. said.
I know it is possible to drink too little water. One person I know falls into this category. She is not on a raw food diet nor could she be on one. She has a medical condition that causes her to choke easily on foods and even liquids. Her food needs to be minced up and there are many things she simply can't eat. Plain water causes trouble to drink it because she can't regulate how much is going down her throat at once. It's easy for her to take in too much liquid and then she chokes. Any liquid she has needs to have that Thixx stuff added to it. She hates that stuff so she will just try not to drink it. She frequently suffers from dehydration and bladder infections because she is not taking in enough liquid.
03-27-2006, 07:36 PM
does dehyrdrated fruits take water away or is it that they just don't have water. I still eat plenty of regular fruit and drink water. I just hope dehydrated fruit doesn't take it away b/c then it might fallin the same catagory as soda and coffee..maybe?! anyone know
03-27-2006, 08:06 PM
I could be wrong, but I would think that on a raw diet one is eating more fiber and would still need to drink a lot of water...regardless of water in fruits... ??
But for me, I am thirsty ALL OF THE TIME, so I do agree that it is probably just a personal thing...just like some people need more protein or calories or whatever in their diet than others.
This is why listening to our bodies, being very silent and closely attuned is SO IMPORTANT.
I carry a bottle of water with me at all times. I never leave anywhere without it.
Try drinking more water for a week and see if maybe you start noticing any positive or negative changes.
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