From Denise Austin
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Drink Your Daily Water!
If you're not a water drinker, it's time to turn yourself into one! Drinking water every day is key to maintaining good health. Your body is made up mostly of water — doesn't it make sense to replenish the good old H2O instead of filling up on soda pop or sugary fruit juices? Plus, did you know that the brain often mistakes thirst for hunger? Before running to the nearest snack machine, try drinking a few glasses of water first and wait about 20 minutes — your craving just may have gone away.
So how much water do you really need? Well, a general rule of thumb is about eight ounces of water eight times a day, but there's no strong scientific evidence to support that recommendation. In fact, some experts actually recommend 13 glasses of H2O for men and nine for women! That may seem like a lot of water, but your body loses about ten glasses of water in the course of a day. And if you're exercising, pregnant, or breastfeeding, or you live in a hot or humid climate, your water loss is increased, so your intake should be upped!
Take my advice and drink up — it's H2Ohhhh so good for you! One tip: If you're having a hard time getting used to the taste of water, try adding a lemon wedge for a hint of sweetness!