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Study pours cold water on drinking eight glasses a day


Thu Apr 3, 5:06 PM


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Drinking enough to quench your thirst is sufficient for the body's needs, and there is no evidence to support the common advice to drink eight glasses of water a day, a study said Thursday.

"Just drink when you are thirsty," was the advice from a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Doctors from the University of Pennsylvania said "there is simply a lack of evidence in general" that everyone should drink the recommended 1.5 litres of water a day.

Researchers Dan Negoianu and Stanley Goldfarb had examined the theory that drinking more water helped the kidneys flush more toxins from the body.

"So the question is does drinking more water increase these normal important functions of the kidneys. And the answer is no," Goldfarb told NPR radio.

"In fact, drinking large amounts of water, actually and surprisingly, tends to reduce the ability of the kidney to function as a filter."

Water has also been touted as an ideal aid to those who want to lose weight. But while drinking more helps dieters feel full, no clinical study has proved that it will help keep the weight off.

"There were some studies that suggested that in fact, calorie intake was reduced when individuals were given water prior to eating. Other studies suggested that it wasn't," Goldfarb added.

Increased water intake was only really justified in extreme cases, such as for athletes, people living in hot, dry climates and those suffering from particular illnesses.

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Conserve water in 20 easy steps
By Glenn Perrett

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Many people believe there is an unlimited supply of fresh water. But droughts in Southeast USA, Africa and Australia are showing there's a need to conserve water.

Thirsty communities
Global warming is playing a part but water resources are also at risk from urban development, an increasing human population and pollution.

Over 700 million around the world don’t have enough water scarcity and each more than one billion are forced to use dirty and harmful water. The United Nations is predicting the number will rise to more than 3 billion by 2025.

In 1992, The United Nations General Assembly established World Day of Water (March 22) to promote water conservation and declared The International Decade for Action 2005-2015.

Even if you leave in an area with a relatively large, inexpensive supply of clean water, water conservation is important.

Water conservation tips

The American Water & Energy Savers, the EPA and Environment Canada have the following suggestions for conserving water in your home:

* 1. Ensure that all taps and toilets are in good working order. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints.

* 2. Install low-flow aerating fittings on showers and faucets which can significantly reduce water flow.

* 3. Teach children about the importance of water conservation and how they can save and protect water. Show them Environment Canada’s publication Explore Water With Holly Heron.

* 4. Check for water leaks by reading the house water metre before and after a period of time, say 2 hours, when no water is being used. If the metre has changed, there may be a water leak.

* 5. Install a low-flush toilet.

* 6. When shaving, fill the sink with a few inches of water instead of leaving the tap running.

* 7. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.

* 8. Only use your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load.

* 9. Take showers, which typically use less water than baths.

* 10. Shorten the length of showers.

* 11. Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily.

* 12. Turn the shower off while you are shampooing your hair.

* 13. Check to see if your toilet is leaking by adding some food colouring to your toilet tank. A leaking toilet will have some food colouring in the bowl after approximately 30 minutes.

* 14. Do not use the toilet to flush facial tissues and other trash.

* 15. Keep drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t have to run the water waiting for cool water to drink.

* 16. When waiting for hot water to come through the pipes save the cooler water in a container and use it to water plants.

* 17. Insulate your water pipes so that you get hot water faster.

* 18. Don’t use running water to clean vegetables, clean them in a sink or pan of water.

* 19. When buying a new washing machine select one that uses less water (and energy.)

* 20. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead.

For even more tips on conserving water, visit the Water Use it Wisely website.

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