Water Quantity and What "Counts"

I LOVE hearing from you, Readers! Thank you so much, Reader in Washington, for reminding me about the Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database. My county’s tap water has 13 contaminants in it, 7 of which exceed the EWG’s health guidelines. Check yours here: https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/

.A few posts back, I mentioned what counts toward and against total water intake. Here’s a quick summary:

What counts toward water*: water, green tea, herbal tisanes (peppermint “tea”, chamomile “tea”, rooibos, tulsi, etc), coconut water, cactus water

*This is making the positive assumption that you’ve already tested and adequately filtered your water so you know you’re drinking quality, clean, water! And that you're using that clean, filtered water to make your teas and tisanes.

What counts against water: coffee, black tea, pu-er tea, oolong tea, sodas, alcohol

This short list doesn’t mean you can never enjoy a cup of coffee or a mug of tea or a glass of deep red Zinfandel ever again. It does suggest you could drink extra water that day to offset the dehydrating short list of beverages above. (I’d recommend you really do ditch the sodas. Advice from a former heavy consumer of Dr Pepper and Cherry Coke. Addicted? I've been there and can help YOU!)

How much more water if I have a cup of coffee? I’ve read 50% and 100% more water than the water-depleting beverage. For example, if you just enjoyed a 6oz cup of coffee, add between 3oz (50%) and 6oz (100%) to your water consumption for the day.

Hot tip: I use a lovely pitcher marked for my required amount each day. I fill it up in the morning and sip throughout the day, finishing 3 hours before I go to bed. I used to use a flower vase. Anything you deem beautifully functional or functionally beautiful will work.

Great segue into today’s topic—Water QUANTITY!

I recommend you drink between 1/3 to 1/2 of your body weight in water every day—with “pounds” replaced by “fluid ounces”.


if you weigh 120 pounds, your water goal would be between 40-60oz daily

if you weigh 150 pounds, your water goal would be between 50-75oz daily

if you weigh 180 pounds, your water goal would be between 60-90oz daily

Simple, huh?

If you weigh 300 pounds, your water goal would be between 100-150oz daily

If you weigh 90 pounds, your water goal would be between 30-45oz daily

If you weigh 60 pounds, your water goal would be between 20-30oz daily

Yes, this applies to kids, too! Kids are notorious for getting dehydrated!

Please SIP your water between meals, all day long, stopping 3 hours before bedtime. The time to guzzle is only in the morning upon awakening. You’ve exhaled and perspired a lot of water during sleep, so feel free to down 8 or 12 or even 16oz of water first thing in the morning. After that, start sipping.

Remember the plants that didn’t get watered over your vacation time? Then, in a panic, you douse each one only to find water streaming down the sides and out of the bottom of the container onto your hardwood floor, the soil nothing more than merely damp? Yeah.

We can learn so much from observing nature!

Rather than guzzling when you feel thirsty, sip throughout the day to keep your cells fresh, clean, stable, and plump!

What benefits will I experience from drinking 1/3 to 1/2 of my body weight in clean, filtered water daily?

So glad you asked! Expect clearer skin with fewer lines, decreased inflammation, less problematic allergies, less body odor, lighter colored urine, easier bowel movements, more fluid joints, a better functioning immune system, cleaner blood…

Will drinking this much make me go to the bathroom more frequently?

Yes. Then, No. While you’re working up to your required water intake, expect to be in the bathroom more frequently. Once you’re drinking what your body needs consistently, you’ll drop back to a regular bathroom routine.

Back to lessons from nature…

In the Pacific northwest where it rains more days than not and the rain is more like a fast-moving mist, rarely does a resident carry an umbrella. The area is lush and “ever-green”. Ferns here grow bigger than some trees! The rain is a constant for most months of the year, gently moistening all the green and growing things.

Compare that to the southeast, where thunderstorms are magnificent and raindrops are exceedingly large. When it rains here, you know it! People dash from one covered space to another and huddle together under extra-large umbrellas.

There are droughts in the south, too. And when that magnificent thunderstorm hits after weeks of no rain, the dry earth gets pounded and the top soil swirls elsewhere on the property or rushes out into ditches and roadways.

Lesson: consistent water intake keeps your cells functioning like a babbling brook running down from a crystal clear, pristine source. Guzzling water intermittently runs right through you to your kidneys sending the drinker on a quick trip to the nearest bathroom. Therefore, sip water throughout the day.

Stop three hours before you go to bed. Why? So you don’t interrupt sleep to pee!

Wishing you WELL,

Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh, VNMI

PS: I am taking a much-needed long weekend away, starting on Wednesday. And when I say away, I mean away from home, away from family, away from technology! Away from my computer and my phone. 😊

There will be NO POSTINGS from me until Friday, July 23rd when we pick up the conversation with how to transport your life-giving water. Thanks, in advance, for your understanding while I rest, relax, recreate, and PLAY.

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