You DON’T need to drink eight glasses of water every day: Scientists reveal perfect amount

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  • Researchers estimate that half of our daily water intake comes from food
  • Drinking the recommended eight glasses probably isn’t harmful, experts say
  • Read: Bruce Lee may have died due to drinking too much water, doctors claim

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According to scientists, drinking the recommended eight glasses of water per day may be too much for our actual needs.

About half of our daily intake of water comes from food, with researchers estimating that we actually need about 1.3 to 1.8 liters per day instead of two.

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Previous studies in this area relied on surveys conducted on small samples of people, but more than 90 scientists from around the world have now collaborated to measure water turnover using a different technique.

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About half of our daily intake of water comes from food, with researchers estimating that we actually need about 1.3 to 1.8 liters of water per day, not two

They surveyed 5,604 people from 23 different countries, aged between eight days and 96 years.

The participants drank a measured amount of water enriched with the element deuterium, which is found naturally in the human body and is completely harmless.

They measured the rate at which deuterium disappeared from the body, which showed how quickly water was being turned over in the body.

Read how ‘Bruce Lee died due to drinking too much water’

‘Ironically, Lee famously quoted “water be my friend”, but it seems excess water eventually killed him’

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The analysis, published in the journal Science, showed that people living in hot and humid climates and at high altitude, as well as athletes, pregnant and lactating women, needed more water because their turnover was higher.

Professor John Speakman, one of the authors from the University of Aberdeen, said the business of water does not equate to the need for drinking water.

He said, ‘Even if a 20-year-old male has an average turnover of 4.2 liters of water per day, he does not need to drink 4.2 liters of water every day.’

‘About 15 per cent of this value represents water resulting from surface water exchange and metabolism.

The actual required water intake is about 3.6 liters per day. Since most foods also contain water, adequate amounts of water can be obtained from food alone.

‘This study shows that the common suggestion that we should all drink eight glasses of water is probably too much for most people in most situations.’

Drinking the recommended eight glasses probably isn’t harmful, he explained, but it’s also not needed in most circumstances.

“Calculations show that a typical middle-aged male may need to drink around 1.6 to 1.8 liters per day and a typical female of the same age around 1.3 to 1.4 litres,” he said.

‘For people in their eighties that can drop to around 1.1 liters per day.

‘But a lot of it depends on the kind of food they eat. For example, if they drink a lot of soup, they will need to drink less.’

The likes of tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit juices also count toward the daily total, she said, but they also contain other items that may not be healthy.

Co-author Dale Schoeller from the University of Wisconsin-Madison said: ‘Science has never supported the old eight-glass thing as a suitable guideline, if only because it reflects the total water turnover with water from beverages and Confuses a lot of your water. comes from the food you eat.

‘But this work is the best we’ve done so far to measure how much water people actually consume on a daily basis – the turnover of water in and out of the body – and the key factors driving water turnover. ‘

Doctors this week claimed that kung fu legend Bruce Lee may have died from drinking too much water.

The martial arts star and Hollywood icon passed away in 1973 at the age of 32.

Doctors attributed his death to swelling of the brain, which was attributed to the painkillers he had taken.

His death gave rise to rumors that he may have been murdered by Chinese hooligans, poisoned by a lover, or the victim of a curse.

Researchers who reviewed the evidence ruled that Bruce probably died of hyponatremia.

‘In other words, we propose that the kidney’s inability to excrete excess water is what killed Bruce Lee,’ the experts wrote in the Journal of Clinical Kidney.

What should a balanced diet look like?

According to the NHS, meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains.

According to the NHS, meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains.

• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruits and vegetables daily. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruits and vegetables count

• Base meal consisting of potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains

• 30 grams of fiber a day: This is equivalent to eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruits and vegetables, 2 whole-grain biscuits, 2 thick slices of whole-wheat bread and a large baked potato with the skin on.

• have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy drinks) choose low fat and low sugar options

• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (include 2 portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily)

• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consume in moderation

• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day

• Adults should eat less than 6 grams of salt and 20 grams of saturated fat a day for women or 30 grams for men

Source: NHS Eatwell Guide

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