As a pregnant woman constantly being reminded to drink more water, this was an interesting post to research. I’ve always thought that the 8 cups of water a day was a bit far-fetched, and one of my reviewers agreed; she noted in the margin of my draft that if we all drank this many fluids, we’d float away.

That said, there were a few things that made sense to me. In particular, the amount of water in fresh, uncooked fruit and vegetables was amazing — apples are 84% water? And it came as no surprise that a dietary council would recommend drinking no more than one “non-diet” soda a day. So, as I sip on my carbonated water (my desperate attempt to make water more palatable, which seems to be working for now), I may not follow all of these guidelines, but they’ll definitely be in my head the next time I grab something to drink.

The hydration game

As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to capture headlines for his now overturned bill limiting the purchase of sugary sodas (from three weeks ago: Bloomberg’s soda ban threatens sanctity of pizza parties), even those that criticize the bans agree that the concept behind such legislation has a valid point: Many people are drinking too many calories. So what should we be drinking (and eating) to stay hydrated?

Water is an essential part of our bodies, reminds Joy Winchester, HFS, from the Take Charge Fitness Program, a wellness facility run by Clinton Physical Therapy Center (a Physiquality network member in Tennessee). “Two-thirds of the body is made up of water,” she says. “Our bodies lose water every day when we sweat, breathe and use the bathroom.” This is why it’s so important to hydrate throughout the day, every day. But how much?

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