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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