Water consumption and the source for your drinking water are both very important. Unfortunately, a good portion of our society is dehydrated and isn't even aware of it, which poses major health risks.
If the kidneys sense the body is becoming too dry, they begin to retain the fluid, rather than excreting it as urine. This also forces the body to hold onto excess uric acid and other toxins ordinarily excreted by the kidneys, and the damage begins. This is a vicious cycle of dehydration. Proper water intake is an essential key to blood hydration and kidney filtration in order to properly expel uric acid from the body. One should consume a pure source of water, ideal amount for their body weight and activity level, steadily throughout the day. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Daily Water Needs- Divide your weight in half. This is how many ounces of water you need daily, consumed at a slow but steady pace from rise throughout the day. If you weigh 180lbs, divide by 2 = 90oz of water daily. Drinking water should come from a pure source, preferably filtered for purity and filters replaced according to manufactured suggestions.
Optimal drinking water pH is 7.0. Juices, teas, sodas and coffee DO NOT count towards your water needs!