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Health Myth: How Much Water Do You Need to Drink?

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Who hasn’t heard that you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water each day for good health? Pregnant women are advised to drink more, at eight to ten glasses. It is widely known that your body is made up of 60 percent water.

We have been led to believe that water has magical properties: it can flush a cold, it can help you lose weight, it cleans your clothes, and keeps you hydrated. What can’t water do?

Well, in regard to drinking it, take note: You don’t need to water log yourself in the name of good health. Many of the fruits, vegetables, and meats you eat contain water, and many of the beverages you drink also contain water. Remember though, that caffeine-containing and alcoholic drinks can dehydrate you, so they don’t count toward your daily totals here.

If you’re thirsty, drink! You also can keep an eye on the amount of fluid you are consuming by looking at the toilet. A Mayo Clinic article found online stated that a human passes roughly 1.5L of water each day. If it’s colorless or slightly yellow, you’re doing well. If not, you may want to put down that diet soda in favor of a water.

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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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