are you drinking too much water? how much do you drink each day? i don't drink water as often as i should (according to the article that follows, it may be a good thing), however, i do eat cruched ice and consume my water this way and i drink tea sometimes too.
here is an article from the birmingham news "drinking 8 glasses of water daily seen as dubious advice" ("study finds myths on daily fluid levels")
by lauran neergaard (the associated press) washington (aug. 19) - ``drink at least eight glasses of water a day'' is an adage some obsessively follow, judging by the people sucking on water bottles at every street corner - but the need for so much water may be a myth.
fear that once you're thirsty you're already dehydrated? for many of us, another myth. caffeinated drinks don't count because they dehydrate? probably wrong, too.
so says a scientist who under-took an exhaustive hunt for evidence backing all this water advice and came up mostly, well, dry.
now the group that sets the nation's nutrition standards is studying the issue, too, to see if it's time to declare a daily fluid level needed for good health-and how much leaves you waterlogged.
until then, "obey your thirst" is good advice, says dr. heinz valtin, professor emeritus at dartmouth medical school, whose review of the eight-glass theory appears in this month's american journal of physiology.
it's about time for all the attention, says pennsylvania state university nutritionist barbara rolls, a well-known expert on thirst. "there's so much confusion out there." much of it centers on where you should get your daily water.
"there's this conception it can only come out of a bottle," and that's wrong, notes paula trumbo of the institute of medicine's food and nurtition board, which hopes to decide by march whether to issue the first official water -intake recommendation.
in fact, people absorb much water from the food they eat. fruits and vegetables are 80 to 95 percent water; meats contain a fair amount; even dry bread and cheese are about 35 percent water, says rolls.
that's in addition to juices, milk and other beverages. and many of us drink when we don't really need to, spurred by marketing, salty food and dry environments, rolls says. but the question remains: how much water does the typical, mostly sedentary american truly need? and what's the origin of the theory, heavily promoted by water sellers and various nutrition groups, that the magic number is at least 64 ounces?
valtin, who has spent 40 years researching how the body maintains a healthy fluid balance, determined the advice probably stems from muddled interpretation of a 1945 food and nutrition board report.
that report said the body need about 1 milliliter of water for each calorie consumed-almost 8 cups for a typical 2,000-calorie diet-but that "most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods."
that language somehow has morphed into "at least" 64 oounces daily, baltin says.