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April 07, 2008

Weight Loss: Are the Touted Benefits of Water Actually Myths?

Results from a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology indicate that water does NOT improve skin tone, suppress appetite for faster weight loss, ameliorate headaches.  Moreover, too much water can actually make it harder for your kidneys to rid the body of toxins.

"Good practices [like healthy eating], avoiding certain foods, not smoking, getting your exercise, those are the things that benefit your health, and water drinking really doesn't," explains Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a nephrologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Myth of Eight Glasses a Day

Roughly 60 percent of our body's is water weight, and staying hydrated is important, especially in hot weather. However, reserchers believe that replacing the quart or quart and a half of water the body loses each day is sufficient.

"If you're thirsty drink, if you're not thirsty, you needn't drink," advises Goldfarb.

If you've ever tried to guzzle down 8 glasses of water a day, this news comes as a big relief!

Posted by Laura on April 7, 2008 | Permalink


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