You might think the hottest accessory this season is the newest Gucci handbag, a pair of sexy Jimmy Choo’s, or maybe a cute furry pooch small enough to fit into your Gucci handbag, but the one accessory everyone seems to be carrying around these days doesn’t come from Bloomingdales, but your local supermarket – a giant bottle of water.
No matter the occasion, the event, or situation, the best dressed gals all seem to be guzzling water by the gallon. Can it be that important to be hydrating all day long – even when you’re not thirsty? The bathroom breaks alone…ugh!
I think we’ve all been led to believe that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is the accepted recommendation, but where did that number come from? According to Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, Program Director at Green Mountain At Fox Run,
“Eight glasses of water is a number based on the fluid needs of an ‘average’ sized person, but it doesn’t take into account the fluid we get from other foods like fruits, veggies, milk, soups, etc. Basically, the recommendation is a diet technique – an attempt to fill people up on zero calorie fluids. That said most of us do need to drink more water because we typically don’t drink enough. In my experience working with women, there is a tendency to confuse thirst with hunger, so try drinking first if you’re not sure whether you’re hungry or not.”
That’s a different recommendation than drinking a ton of water to feel full.
“I discourage using water as a mechanism to feel full. It’s important when you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight to identify true hunger and eat when you need to.”
So, how can you determine how much water you should be drinking each day? You can get additional advice from the professional staff at the Mayo Clinic about how much water is enough. Their website provides sound information on everything from hydration, dehydration, over hydration, thirst and how much water is enough.
The bottom line? Using your common sense can be your best guide to heath and well being. Listening to and learning about your own body will always be your best guide to what feels right for you.