Subsequent to reading Karen Fischer’s book, the Healthy Skin Diet, I am on a quest to learn more about alkaline diet recipes that are easy enough for me to put into practice immediately. In my previous post, I wrote about the importance of drinking enough water and it’s benefits for the skin. Since about 55%-75% of our body comprises of water, I think the subject of water deserves my attention.
I know water is important but I was deeply moved when I read that water not only hydrates our body, it’s also a solvent for transportation of nutrients, a medium for excretion, a means for our body’s heat control, a lubricant for joints, and for shock absorption. It really is the elixir of life.
How much water should we consume daily? The popular belief is about 8 – 10 glasses daily. However, according to Ross Bridgeford, the author of ‘The Alkaline Diet Recipe Book’ and ‘The Alkaline Weight Loss Solution’, we can determine our body water requirement based on our body weight. I think that’s logical – a smaller person requires less water than a bigger person. He suggests this formula:
1 litre of water per 40lbs (18k or 2.85stone) of body weight
So, in my case (I am about 47-48kg), 104lbs ÷ 40lbs = 2.6 litres daily
If a glass of water can hold 200ml of water, then I would need to drink 13 glasses of water daily, or about 1 glass each waking hour. Imagine, all this while, I thought that 8 -10 glasses per day is enough… Anyway, for those who are about 70kg, they’d need to drink about 19 glasses of water per day! That’s really, really a difficult feat to do.
Then, I read through the comments and was relieved that many do not think that the formula is accurate because (among others):
- Even the food we consume contains water especially fruits and veggies
- Too much water can kill (a link was provided in one of the comments)
In my humble opinion, those are valid points. I wish Ross would reply to those valid remarks – then we’d know whether he can justify his formula (and cite his reference) or whether he agrees with them. Furthermore, the amount of water we drink should also depend on the climate and temperature of the areas we live in e.g., people who live in dry and hot areas should consume more water than those living in cooler regions. I remember when I was in Amman, Jordan, the air was so dry that I could easily drain a litre of water in an hour.
I believe it’s really wonderful that Ross has thought of the formula and perhaps he could tweak it a bit, say, something like Karen Fischer suggests in her book The Healthy Skin Diet ( at page 38):
weight (in kg) x 0.033 = litres of water to drink
or, if incorporated in Ross’ formula:
1 litre of water per 65lbs (30kg) of body weight
Applying the above formula, I calculate that I should be drinking about 1.6 litres of water daily or about 8 glasses of water, which is the minimum amount. And those who are above 70kg, need about 2.3 litres or about 12 glasses of water, which I guess is quite manageable.
Anyway, I do like the recipes that Ross provides in the site. I have already tried one of the alkaline water recipes he provided, using only 2 ingredients that were available in my fridge, lemon (instead of lime) and cucumber, and I find it refreshingly delicious. Based on his alkaline food chart, I have prepared dinner for my family consisting of slices of raw cucumber (highly alkaline), raw cabbage (moderately alkaline), half-cooked carrots (mildly alkaline) and grilled chicken (highly acidic) last night. Kids were okay with it, and Hubby didn’t have a choice if he wants me to help him with his mild gout. Let’s see whether we’ll feel better and more energised in a week’s time. 😀
Q: Am I Drinking Sufficient Water ?