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Water is good!

Look what it can do:

[*]Transports essential nutrients throughout the body and rids the body of waste

[*]Acts as a lubricant for the body, moistening eyes, mouth, nose, and skin

[*]Helps maintain adequate blood volume

[*]Helps regulate body temperature, especially in warm weather

[*]Helps prevent constipation

[*]Helps medications to work

[*]Helps prevent urinary tract infections

[*]Acts as an appetite suppressant

[*]Is calorie-free

[*]Boosts metabolism when drunk cold (we burn 2 calories per glass as we warm it up to body temperature)

...But did you know that there is a controvery over the "recommended" 8 glasses of water a day rule?

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"People think they have to drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day, when this has actually been the recommended amount of fluids," explains Jo Ann Heslin, RD. "Fluid intake can include water, mineral water, non-fat milk, or juice."

Any drink that does not contain caffeine counts toward daily intake, explains Heslin, who in addition adds: "We get a good amount of fluid in the foods we eat."

Other experts allow caffeinated and alcoholic beverages toward the count.

In a controversial report in the American Journal of Physiology, researcher Heinz Valtin, MD, a kidney specialist and author of two widely-used textbooks on the kidney and water balance, writes that he finds it "difficult to believe that evolution left us with a chronic water deficit that needs to be compensated by forcing a high fluid intake."

Dr. Valtin believes the notion began as a misinterpretation of the recommendation by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council, which suggested "1 milliliter of water for each calorie of food" (about 60 to 80 ounces). Although the Board added that "most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods," he points out this qualifier seemed to be overlooked, and thus the 8 x 8 rule was perpetuated.

"I have found no scientific proof that absolutely every person must drink at least eight glasses of water a day," says Dr. Valtin. On the contrary, he says, some studies have shown that caffeinated drinks, such as most coffee, tea, and soft drinks -- and, to a lesser extent, even alcoholic beverages such as beer, if taken in moderation -- could count toward the daily total.

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Originally Posted by Irishgirl Great article; Cali! I disagree with coffee and tea being counted toward the daily total though since they are both "diuretics" basically..Water is wonderful for the body but I have a hard time getting 8 glasses a day..LOL! I second that Irish, but about drinking 8 glasses of water a day, well I think I over do it sometimes. I can drink anywhere from 10-15 bottles of water a day
now don't get me wrong I have to potty alot but I just love water so much. Go figure loving the taste of something that has hardly no taste at all.
 
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We have a really cool Culligan reverse osmosis water filter that Tony installed under our sink. When we put our new kitchen in, he ran the line to the fridge. OMG, the water tastes soo good out of the fridge door, COLDDD!





Originally Posted by SmartStyle437

I second that Irish, but about drinking 8 glasses of water a day, well I think I over do it sometimes. I can drink anywhere from 10-15 bottles of water a day
now don't get me wrong I have to potty alot but I just love water so much. Go figure loving the taste of something that has hardly no taste at all.



 
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I am pretty sure that an herbal tea would "count" as I don't think there is anything bad in herbal tea. I drink it all day . I am soooooo healthy. LOL!

 
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Originally Posted by Reija(admin) We have a really cool Culligan reverse osmosis water filter that Tony installed under our sink. When we put our new kitchen in, he ran the line to the fridge. OMG, the water tastes soo good out of the fridge door, COLDDD! Reija, you wouldnt ask Tony to take a trip over to my house in Ireland to do that to my water, would you!!
 
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Originally Posted by angelica2000 Although I am very health consious person, I find drinking eight glasses a day to be a tedious time consuming task. Does any over them counter drink( such as gatorade), do the job more efficiently than water? The over the counter drinks like Gatorade have sugar in them which makes you either more thirsty or hungry. Plus a punch of sugar gives you a nice energy lift but then drops you down lower later on. Plus, the calories that you just worked off, are now sitting in your belly.There is a sugar-free drink called Ice that I like in place of water sometimes. I get it at Cost Co. Some people have issues with sugar-free drinks though. I am not one of those people.

Water is truly, the all-around best for you and does the job of cleansing the body and providing the necessary elements for your organs and cells. It is conveniently - the most efficient drink- at this task too!

Some nice water subs (occasionally) are iced tea without sugar, lemon flavored water, sugar-free koolaid and the like (Crystal Light, etc).

As the article states, I do not think you need to force down 8 glasses a day. Just try to drink a lot, without necessarily gagging yourself or becoming as bloated as an elephant! LOL

 
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HI Isis. I was wondering.. do you live in an area with a warm climate Usually it's MUCH easier and necessary to drink a lot of h20 when you live in a place like Hawaii for example.

 
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Originally Posted by IsisNokomis Yes, I live in a warm dry climate, but I have always consumed water in large amounts no matter where I have lived. No. You cheated.<TABLE borderColor=#ffffff cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width=95 bgColor=#ffffff borderColorLight=#000000 border=1><TBODY><TR><TD noWrap align=middle>cheater</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

 
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Welcome to MakeupTalk Eve! I didn't use to drink much water either and now I drink several glasses during the day. I totally crave it too. Makes me feel better. Also if I'm bored I try to think instead of reaching for the munchies.

 
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i try to do that too. it's amazing @ how much water i can consume when it's easily accessible. i have a bottle in my car, @ my desk & in my bag. thank goodness my skin is clearing up.

 

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