It's gotten way out of proportion. More times than I'd like to count, I've seen womens magazines (here and abroad) with pages of good ideas and tips on 'how to get the full 3 liters of water a day you need'. (That's 100 ounces for you non-metric folks). THIS IS WRONG!!! It is one of the most commonly misunderstood skin (and general health) care tips circulating the world today. A person does not need to drink a full 3 liters of water a day in order to be properly hydrated.
Danish Professor Søren Nielsen, Director of the Water and Salt Center at Aarhus University, has been trying for years to bring the facts on track about how much fluid we need in order to stay healthy and properly hydrated. His advice (condensed translation). "Pay attention to your bodys needs and drink when you are thirsty. Obviously, if you are doing strenuous activities that require replenishing lost fluids, you will need to drink more. But under normal circumstances, just follow your bodys natural signals – drink when you are thirsty." Funny – I could have sworn that sounded just like plain old common sense.
I asked the Danish Continence Society (where I saw the Professors article) about this. They informed me that they have been struggling with the '3-Liter-Misconception' for years. They also said the Society is happy to supply any and all members of the media (and public) with facts and information on the subject. Read the full article: 'The Myth About How Much We Need to Drink' at the Danish Continence Society website (website and article are in Danish language only).
Happy April 1st.
Now, is it time for coffee yet?
PS. That counts as fluid too