Thursday, April 03, 2008

Research 'debunks' 8-glasses-a-day Advice

For years we've heard 8 glasses of water a day are needed to maintain good health. But a new Dartmouth study, reported by Reuters, finds there's "no real good science -- no real science at all -- behind these claims."

Unfortunately, it seems, flushing toxins from the body, improving skin tone, reducing hunger and keeping headaches away have little to do with how much water you drink. When examining the connection between each of these benefits and water consumption, Dartmouth researchers found the link was "not verified," there was "evidence lacking," or that there was "no consistent evidence."

In the end, however, nobody seems to have been hurt. And that's the important part. "While it may not help a person to drink lots of water, it may not harm them much either," one Dartmouth researcher explained.

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