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natures pure drop

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									                                            food matters
                                 with Consultant nutritionist sue radd



nature’s pure drop
Rather than water, too often we choose carbonated, high-sugar, or caffeine-
laced beverages. We also confuse thirst with hunger, and eat instead.
People generally don’t drink enough         Tap water (filtered) or bottled plain
water. Yet drinking plenty of water will    water is best. Soda drinks, flavored
make a world of difference to how you       mineral waters, juices, alcohol, tea, and
feel (prevents fatigue), look (keeps        coffee do not count as pure water.
skin moist and supple), and perform         While fruit and vegetable juices pro-
(improves physical and mental               vide nutrients, you should limit fruit
functioning).                               juices if overweight, even those with
An adequate water intake helps              “no added sugar.” Vegetable juices
prevent constipation, overeating, and       provide fewer calories.
development of kidney stones. Now,          To check whether you are getting
amazingly, new research suggests it         enough water, examine the color of
also protects against modern killer         your urine. It should be fairly clear,
diseases!                                   if you are well hydrated. Dark yellow
                                            urine suggests not enough (unless you
water guard                                 are taking riboflavin, which can color
Drinking at least six glasses of water as   the urine yellow).
compared to one a day cuts the risk of
bladder cancer in men by half, accord-      tips
ing to a Harvard study.                     ◗ Drink one to two glasses of
Drinking five glasses of water as com-        water as soon as you wake.
pared to two or less, reduces the risk      ◗ Drink before, during, and
of dying from heart disease by 40 to          after exercise.
50 percent, according to the American       ◗ Keep water at your
Journal of Epidemiology.                      workstation.
how much is enough?                         ◗ Travel with
Most health authorities recommend at          a water
least six to eight glasses of pure water      bottle handy.
each day. If using a water bottle, this     ◗ Drink a glass
equates to about one-and-a-half to            or two in the early
two quarts.                                   evening.

       Nutritionist Sue Radd is the award-winning author of The Breakfast
        Book and co-author of Eat To Live, internationally acclaimed for
      showing how savvy eating can combat cancer and heart disease and
        improve well-being. See the latest at http://www.sueradd.com.

								
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