We all need water to stay healthy, but how much is enough? The media and self styled health experts recommend 8 glasses of water per day. But where did this figure come from? On what science is it based? The answer is surprising. Its possible the recommendation came from the US National Research Council, but got garbled along the way. In the original text it was followed by a statement to the effect that most of our water requirements can be obtained through the food we eat.

Arguably this simple misinterpretation has fueled the current boom in bottled water sales in western society. Don’t even get me started on that. The ubiquitous water bottle has become something of a symbol for the trendy health conscious segment of society. However the liquids that contribute to your daily requirement of water are not restricted to the pure stuff. Soft drinks, Tea, Coffee even low alcoholic beverages such as beer can be just as good for you fluid levels. Which is a load off my mind I can tell you.

While dehydration is a serious issue, unless you are professional athlete or prone to getting out into that sunshine stuff, it’s probably safe to leave that water bottle at home. On the other hand, it could be a lucrative business deal for me to set up my own line of Coffee and beer sipper bottles. Hhhmm, “Beer2Go” anyone?

Resources:

http://dms.dartmouth.edu/news/2002_h2/08aug2002_water.shtml

http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2003/03/14/water_glasses030314.html