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 QUESTION: Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
 Excellent book on the subject- YOUR BODY'S MANY CRIES FOR WATER.

Types of Bottled Water

"Which Water Is Best?"

NEW YORK, New York, August 13, 2002 (ENS) - Global water use has increased six-fold over the last century, twice the rate of population growth, and agriculture represents 70 percent of this consumption, the United Nations reports in advance of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). People across the world are dying from hunger as drought shrivels crops again this year.
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New Study: Drink THIS Much Water Daily
    How much water should you drink every day? The latest study from researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City concludes that the old standby of eight glasses a day still holds. Here's the surprising gotcha: If you don't drink enough water, the greatest effect may not be physical--it's mental and emotional. Drink just half the recommended amount of water, and you'll likely suffer from mild dehydration. You'll also have less energy, and you won't be able to concentrate and focus as you normally would.
    "For people who aren't exercising a lot or living in a very warm climate, eight glasses of water a day may be a good rule of thumb," lead researcher Dr. Wayne Askew told Reuters. If you do exercise and sweat a lot, then you need more than eight glasses to properly hydrate your body. Our bodies need water, primarily because water makes up more than 70 percent of solid body tissue. It helps regulate body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, removes waste, cushions joints, and protects organs and tissues, explains Reuters. Too little water can cause headaches, grogginess, and dry, itchy skin. When we become severely dehydrated, it can affect our blood pressure, circulation, digestion, kidney function, and nearly all body processes.
    The experiment: For 12 weeks, 10 thirsty college students each drank four, eight, or 12 eight-ounce glasses of water per day in four-day test cycles. Between the test cycles the students consumed the amount of water they normally would, as well as during one other week during the study period. The students' hydration status was measured at the end of each four-day water consumption cycle. They also answered questions about their general well being.
    The results: Drinking four glasses of water caused the students' blood plasma volume to fall five percent below those who drank eight glasses of water. Four glasses of water also produced more highly concentrated urine. Still, these physical symptoms of dehydration are considered mild--a suboptimal hydration level. What surprised the researchers was the effect this mild dehydration had on the students' well being. Reuters reports that when students drank the least amount of water, they
reported feeling less energetic and less focused than when they drank more water.
    If eight glasses of water a day is good, is more than that even better? Probably not, although it won't hurt you. Those who drank 12 glasses had blood plasma volumes that were 10 percent higher, but their well being was not impacted positively or negatively. The findings were presented at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, California 

Mineral water bottles are meant for one time use only for packing drinking water and old ones can cause poisoining. PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles have diethylhydroxylamine, which can cause cancer. After opening them, don't use them more than a few days, a week at most. Also, keep them away from heat. Repeated washing and rinsing can cause the plastic to breakdown and the carcinogenes can leach into the water that you are drinking.

According to United Nations figures, 2.6 billion people consume unsafe and polluted water every day. As the population blooms, the issue of access to fresh water is literally one of life or death. Last weekend's Financial Times pointed out some interesting facts about everyday water consumption:

It takes 53 liters of water to produce one orange.
1 pint of milk: 250 liters
1 egg: 450 liters
1kg of potatoes: 500 liters
1 loaf of bread: 550 liters
1 kg of butter: 18,000 liters
1kg of wool: 200,000 liters
1 car: 150,000 liters

Source: Financial Times

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