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Some interesting facts:



One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study.


Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.


Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.


A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or


Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%,

and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.


Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?


(No kidding, all of the above is true)

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In addition to that information:


Water! Why drink at least two quarts a day?


Because that's roughly how much water we lose normally through perspiration, waste removal and other functions. Add sultry weather or enough exercise to break a sweat and the amount of water needed to stay healthily hydrated - not to mention avoid fatigue, light-headedness, nausea, and even heat stroke - quickly climbs.


Additionally, water keeps your energy up, weight down, muscles strong, joints supple, digestive system smooth -- your whole system in physical balance.




1) regulates body temperature

2) makes up 83% of blood

3) removes waste

4) composes 75% of brain

5) helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells

6) moistens oxygen for breathing

7) helps convert food to energy

8) protects and cushions vital organs

9) helps body absorb nutrients

10) accounts for 22% of bones

11) cushions joints

12) makes up 75% of muscles


It really depends on the person and their activity level as well as the weather. I find the more I drink the less I actually retain with my activity level and climate. Additionally because of diureteic effects of caffeine drinks you should have 1 8-ounce glass of water for each 8-ounce glass/cup of these you drink to minimize the effects.


On the other hand however, there is a thing as too much water. If you drink in excess of 8 liters without getting the proper other nutrients your body will actually start depleting itself of those nutrients.

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How much water do you need?


The old standard suggestion of 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day is still good. But people who exercise may need more like 2 or 3 quarts, especially when it's hot and humid outside (and during illness).


Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle. It's easy to measure, handy to cart around especially during workouts, and saves waiting in line at the water fountain - - where it never seems polite to guzzle what you really need when others are waiting.


Drink cool water when you're hot. Cool water empties out of the stomach and enters the system faster. Drink warmer water (room temperature or warm uncaffeinated tea or broth) when exercising outside in the cold.


Drink before you're thirsty. People who drink to satisfy thirst replace only about half of what they need. An intelligent, buy the book, "hydration schedule" for a workout looks something like this:


· 17 ounces of water 2 hours before your workout

· 8ounces or more 15 minutes before your workout

· 4 to 8 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes during your workout

· another 8 ounces after your workout you thirsty, but not always.


This was forwarded to me by one of my friends. I hope we will get inspired to keep drinking lots of water!

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But remember


Water, Water, Everywhere, Even In Your Food from healthcentral.com The Dr. Dean Digest Daily Issue on January 19, 2001


I have never liked specific rules like "You must drink eight glasses of water per day to be healthy." Here is a study from Tufts University that backs me up.


A study of a small group of women, measured each drop they took in and each drop they eliminated, and found that the water, juice and decaffeinated beverages consumed averaged the recommended eight cups per day.


"But the real surprise was that women met almost 40 percent of their water needs with food alone. In fact, when their water intake from food, water and other beverages and metabolic reactions was added up, they exceeded their minimum recommendation by 50 percent."


Eating and drinking as they naturally would, they took in more fluid than they needed.


Foods contain a lot of water; some are more than half water. Vegetables are about 95 percent water, sirloin steak is 60 percent water, a slice of white bread is 37 percent water.


Dr. Wayne Campbell of Purdue University thinks people mistakenly think they have to drink eight cups of water each day. Because foods contribute to water balance too, most people are getting their eight cups of water without actually drinking eight cups of water.


You can get your fluids from food and from other beverages, but not alcohol. Alcohol doesn't count.


People who exercise heavily and sweat a lot, and anyone who is ill, especially with fever, vomiting or diarrhea should drink a lot. People older than 70 can be dehydrated without feeling thirsty, so they should drink a lot whether or not they feel a need.


Of course, if you want to chug down eight glasses a day, no harm done.


Source: January 2001. Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.



I have more articles but much of the repeat what is in these 3 articles.

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Thanks for this great information. It makes the water go down easier!!!



Kathy<br />I will succeed this time! (#4--I think)<br />SW 227.8 3/20/03<br />CW 175.2 5/28/04<br />GW 158 Sept 2004!!!<br />1st 10% 8/8/03 (-23.6)<br />2nd 10% 1/8/04 (-43.0)

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It's always good to hear the benefits of drinking sufficient water. Thank you for sharing. bcbsalute.gif

Pat<br /><br />A jouney of 1000 miles begins with the first step.<br /><br /><br />SW: 335.8 (original)<br />SW: 315 (second time around)<br />CW: 288<br />WG: 135

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