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April 3, 2008 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Water is good, but how much remains debatable.

The common adage — consume 8 glasses of water daily –- for optimum health isn’t supported by sufficient evidence. An editorial, Just Add Water, released online by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, refutes the popular claim that it takes 8-8 ounce glasses of water to curb appetite and promote weight loss. Water can’t flush away unwanted or excess body fat or hasten weight loss. It may make you feel full faster, which may, in turn, allow you to eat less. But, eating for weight management has more to do with portion control,than expecting water to do the work for you. Your awareness of what, when and how much you eat will have more to do with your body weight than flooding your system all day, every day with water.

There’s slightly more data about water improving skin tone (since dehydration can lead to skin inelasticity). Regardless of how much your choose to drink, water remains the beverage of choice, and should be consumed in an amount that satisfies your natural thirst.


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