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Fuelling Up On Water


It's our body's vital fuel, a health drink from mother nature. It's
calorie-free, inexpensive and easily obtained. Yet few people follow the old
fashioned advice to drink eight glasses of water a day.

Most people drink when they are thirsty, but the beverage of choice
tends to be some other drink besides water. Americans drink two or three
glasses of plain water a day, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture
survey conducted in the late 1970. Based on an analysis of all fluid intake
by adults, it is said to total about two quarts of water a day, and this
includes water from foods and from other beverages. It's not usually
necessary to actually swallow two quarts of plain water every day. However,
people with special problems such as kidney conditions might be exceptions.

Americans drink eight gallons of bottled water a year, roughly two
ounces or a quarter-cup a day, according to the International Bottled Water
Association. Californians drink three times the national average of bottled
water, downing 24 gallons a year, or nearly a cup a day. Climate and seasons
of the year play a role in one's thirst also, and just as we tend to perspire
more in the summer months, we also tend to drink more water. Boosting intake
of plain water makes good sense, many experts concur, because water eases
digestion and regulates body temperature.

Water also bathes the cells and accounts for about 60 percent of body
weight. And it can help us exercise longer and more efficiently. Drinking
water can ward off constipation and maybe even crankiness. An since it's a
natural appetite suppress ant, water can help us lose weight and keep it off.
It can help keep skin healthy, although it won't necessarily banish acne.

Who should drink water? We all should, but pregnant women, nursing
mothers and athletes should be especially careful to drink a sufficient amount.
When it is hot or humid, upping water intake is also wise. There are certain
workers who seem to have a more difficult time developing the water-drinking
habit. Among those who don't normally drink enough water are teachers,
airline attendants and nurses.

Drinking fluids, particularly, water, during exercise reduces
cardiovascular stress and improves performance. After a strenuous workout,
you have to replace the fluids you have lost. Otherwise, you will suffer
chronic dehydration. Drink water before, during and after exercising, and
remember that water reduces body temperature thus making the whole exercise
process safer.

Water can be especially helpful for people with a history of kidney
stones because it dissolves calcium in the urine, reducing the risk of stone
formation. Among physicians, urologists are probably most likely to extol the
virtues of water, And it has been documented that drinking water mostly
before 6 P.M. can reduce the likelihood of nocturnal bathroom visits.

It is interesting to note also that water helps prevent urinary tract
infections, both for men and for women. Too busy to count how many glasses a
day you drink? There are other ways to calculate if your intake is
sufficient. Dark-colored urine often suggest you aren't drinking enough
water. Get into the habit by starting with a glass of water with every meal,
then work in a cup between meals.

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