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There is more than one way to get enough water
Although most of us have heard for years that we need to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, it’s possible to get your water other ways.
“So many people think that all of their water intake must come solely from water and that just isn’t the case. We take water in so many different ways each day, that most of us get enough liquids if we’re making quality beverage and food choices. So you don’t have to drink 64 ounces of water a day to meet this recommendation,” said Susan Mills-Gray, nutrition and health specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.
Although it’s a good idea to consume moderate amounts of water throughout the day, food intake can supply up to 20 percent of the recommended water intake. Fruits and veggies pack the most watery punch, especially melons, cucumbers and tomatoes. In addition, beverages like milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages — like coffee, tea or soda — can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your total daily fluid intake. Water is still your best bet because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive and easily available.
The Institute of Medicine has actually set new guidelines for adequate total daily water intake at higher than 64 ounces (eight 8-ounce glasses) — thirteen 8-ounce glasses for men and nine 8-ounce glasses for women. Keep in mind, that this recommendation includes all beverages and water-containing foods. It’s fairly easy to know if you’re getting enough water — check the color of your urine. It should look like pale lemonade. Dark, strong-smelling urine is a sign that you probably need more fluids.
To stay healthy, hydrated and energetic, it’s a good idea to eat plenty of water-containing foods and drink water throughout the day.
For more information, contact your local MU Extension Center or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience Life Magazine June 2010
Mayo Clinic, mayoclinic.com
Last update: Friday, January 28, 2011