With the warm months upon us, I get frequent questions from my patients about daily fluid consumption. Did you know that your body has a regulatory mechanism just for that? It is located in the hypothalamus, and if you listen it will tell you when to drink up. Keep in mind that some liquids can do more harm than good. Caffeine and alcohol can both have a diuretic effect, promoting dehydration. The amount of fluid necessary varies based on activity level, ambient temperature, and your individual metabolic rate. Generally, six to eight large glasses of water daily is sufficient for sedentary activities. Just listen to your body, and when you’re thirsty, DRINK WATER!
Dr. Larry Houston, MD