8 Glasses a day is just a MYTH
Friday, February 16, 2007
Please READ the references at the bottom...
I'm NOT just making this up!
There is NO basis for insisting on getting 8 glasses of water a day - that is just folklore that grew out of a 1945 recommendation. The original recommendation noted that everyone should get 8 glasses of water, but that MOST OF THIS IS CONTAINED IN THE FOOD WE EAT!!!
If you read carefully, you will also note that ALL fluids "count" toward the total (NOT just water), and caffeine is NOT a diuretic. These are all commonly stated MYTHS.
Bottom line: Drink when you're thirsty. PERIOD.
EDIT: Second reference blasts the "8 x 8" crowd: