Updated: Sep 22, 2021
I used to tell clients for years to drink half of their bodyweight in ounces of water every day. I’ve come to recognize you cannot generalize and conclude anything with anyone, every person is so different with their internal environment.
The body can be hot or cold, damp or dry, constricted or relaxed in one place or a variety of the above in many places in the body. You could have a hot liver at the same time as a cold bowel, and many other combinations of imbalances. How the body uses water and distributes water is so different from one person to another, depending what that person has going on.
My old herbalist mentor invited me to an interesting point of view. What if you discovered what works for you on any given day? What if there was no right answer or rules, no have to’s and you just drank water when you wanted to drink water? My herbalist used to say you can tell you’re drinking too much water if your urine is clear. Her point of view was you're drinking too much water and taxing your kidneys if your urine is colorless.
In Chinese medicine when people aren’t thirsty it shows just how dehydrated their tissues are, they don’t even crave water. There’s many differing concepts and thoughts on this however, I urge you to discover and know what works for you and not listen to anyone except your body. Body, how much water would you like today? (and then drink that)