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Do You Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day?7,827 Views
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Description: Is it true? Do you need 8 glasses of water a day? Find out more in this video.
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You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day—wait a minute, REALLY? What’s come to be accepted wisdom isn’t necessarily so. The seemingly universal advice, that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is crucial for optimal bodily function, is more myth than fact. A recent study, conducted at Dartmouth Medical School, found no evidence to support this popular exhortation—extolled by the media, health writers, nutritionists and many doctors. So what’s the genesis of this myth? This idea may have gotten its start when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council, recommended approximately "1 milliliter of water for each calorie of food." This amounts to roughly 2 to 2½ quarts per day, or 64 to 80 ounces. But in the next sentence, the Board stated that: "most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods." Apparently, this last sentence seems to have been missed, and that recommendation was erroneously interpreted as how much water one should drink daily.