Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hate water? You're missing key health benefits

But, how much water do we need? We've all heard eight to 10 glassess, but it actually depends on the individual and his or her needs.  Norback says to let thirst and the color of your urine be your guide.  She also suggest following the Institute of Medicine's guidelines for fluids: 2.7 liters (91 ounces; about 11 cups) for women; and 3.7 liters (125 ounces, about 15 cups) for men, per day.

"I would suggest about two thirds of total fluid intake come from good old water," she says.  "the remainder could come from milk or milk substitutes, noncaloric beverages such as plain tea or coffee, as well as the fluid that naturally occurs in food."  About 20 percent of our fluid intake can come from hydrating foods, like lettuce and watermelon, she says.

Food aside, most Americans don't meet the guidelines.  According to the centerts for Disease Control (CDC), 35 percent of Americans drink four to seven cups a day while 22 percent drink eight cups or more. The rest of us drink zero to three cups daily.

Source: Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Are News Group Thunderdome