Drinking eight glasses a day still the standard for health reports fresh water advocate
Despite articles calling "eight glasses" a myth, fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne stands by the recommendation
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Is the standard recommendation to drink "eight glasses of water a day" an outdated myth, as many health journalists now claim? To water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne, eight glasses is not a myth. In an era of climate change, air pollution and widespread drought, says Kleyne, drinking a minimum of eight glasses of fresh water each day is more important than ever.
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"Myth" advocates are correct in their claim that no two people have identical daily water requirements, Kleyne acknowledges.* On the other hand, every human spends its first nine months in water and life is a constant struggle to combat dehydration (water loss). The human body is about 70 percent water (varying from 40 percent to 85 percent), and requires an influx of fresh water every day to replace the large amounts of waste water the body expels every daily.
*Young, K., "How much water should you drink a day?" Telegrapyh.com, November 28, 2014
Any health recommendation that downplays the importance of adequate daily fresh water intake, in Kleyne's view, puts the public at risk.
Eight glasses a say at eight ounces per glass, or 64 ounces, says Kleyne, is the minimum for most adults. Some doctors recommend drinking half one's body weight in ounces per day. By this standard, a 180 pound person should consume 90 ounces.
Kleyne would apply the "half your body weight rule" only to people weighing under 128 pounds, including children (half of 128 in ounces is 64). For everyone else, she recommends a minimum of eight glasses - preferably 10 - and even more if you have a fever, just finished strenuous exercise, live in a dry or polluted area, work outdoors, take dehydrating medication (that gives you dry mouth), or experience dehydration symptoms such as dry mouth, skin or eyes, fatigue or thirst.
Thirst is a good indicator that body needs water, Kleyne agrees. However, she adds, as we age, the thirst reflex diminishes so the absence of thirst does not necessarily mean the body does not need water. .
Another controversy, Kleyne explains, is whether coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks, or water rich foods such as apples, watermelons and celery, count towards the eight glasses. According to the US government, says Kleyne, they do. According to the British government, they do not. However, the British acknowledge fruit and unsweetened juice as secondary water sources.†
† "Fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne concerned with new study results that less than 1% of UK drinks enough water," PR Web, November 14, 2014
To absorb and utilize water, Kleyne explains, the body must first turn it into pure water. By drinking unadulterated fresh water in the first place, water is absorbed more easily. Caffeinated, heavily sugared and alcoholic drinks should be avoided because they are dehydrating. Fruit and unsweetened juices are excellent secondary water sources. Water with twist of lemon, or caffeine and sugar free tea, would be counted. .
Cold water, according to Kleyne, is more likely to make one go to the bathroom than warm water. Kleyne's solution: In hot weather, cold water may be beneficial because it cools as well as hydrates. The rest of the year, warm water is preferred.‡
‡"Our bodies need eight glasses a day even in winter reports fresh water advocate," PR Web, November 21, 2014
Kleyne suggests drinking one's water in whole glass rather than sipping, with two full glasses upon rising.
All humans, Kleyne concludes, are as least slightly dehydrated or will soon be, and would benefit from additional water. Because water is essential to every organ, structure and cell in the body, including the immune system, the single most important step towards good health is to pay attention to hydration and consume a minimum of eight glasses a day.