Do You Need 64 oz. Of Water Daily?
Should you really drink 8 cups (64 ounces) of water a day?
Truth be told you actually you need more than that!
Your body needs about 90 to 125 ounces of fluid each day. More if you exercise a lot or live in a hot climate.
Did you know that water makes up 60-75% of your body weight? Water is important for lubricating our joints, cushioning our organs, a way of removing toxins from our body through urine, to remove body heat as sweat and most importantly as a medium for blood which transports oxygen and nutrients around our body.
Relax and put down that gallon jug. Not all your daily water needs to come from plain water.
On average, from food alone, youíll likely take in 20 to 40 ounces of fluid. Fruits and vegetables in particular contain a lot of water. Even meats contain some fluid and can count towards your daily fluid intake.
Additionally the old wives tale that caffeinated beverages are dehydrating is untrue. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea act as mild diuretics but they still provide you with fluid in your diet. Recent research found that there were no significant differences in hydration status of people who drank caffeinated beverages compared to those who drank only water.
So how much water do you need to drink?
Probably 4 to 8 cups each day, depending on how much fluid you are getting from your food and other beverages. Water is an optimal fluid source since it has no calories, sweeteners or artificial ingredients... and it is readily available.
Therefore, it should ideally be your first choice of beverage.
Should I drink bottled or tap water?
Itís amazing how in the past 5 years, everyone seems to be carrying around a bottle of water. Thereís been a shift in the belief that bottle water is safer, healthier and tastier than tap water. The pictures of mountains, glaciers and springs certainly give you the image of fresh clean water.
However, some bottled water is just plain tap water bottled! In addition, a recent study by the National Resources Defense council found that bottled water is not necessarily cleaner. In fact, in most cases tap water is cleaner since itís held to a higher standard by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Additionally, bottled water sold within the state is only subject to the state regulations and is not inspected by the Food and Drug Administration.
There is also a huge environmental impact of making the plastic water bottles, the transporting of bottles, as well as the large number of empty water bottles that do not get recycled and end up in our landfills.
Tap water is much cheaper. Per 16 ounces of water, bottled water on average will cost $1.50 whereas tap water only costs a nickel.
Whatever you decide to pick as your beverage of choice, make sure to choose wisely and avoid drinking your calories.
It is extremely easy to drink a 400-calorie specialty coffee drink. Just imagine, by skipping that drink each day, you could lose almost a pound a week without making any other changes to your diet or lifestyle!
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