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04/03/08-Longview

Study Refutes Daily Requirement Of Water

A new study shows that drinking  8 glasses of water a day is not necessary. Just how many people actually drink 64 ounces, or 8 glasses, of water every day?

   " I try to keep up with my 8 glasses of water a day" says Longview native Shonda Hopper.

"Not anywhere near 8 glasses a day maybe 2 cups a day" says Dominique Nelson.

     Researchers from the university of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth found no convincing evidence that humans need 64 ounces a day. The only effect,  frequent bathroom breaks.

    "Goes through pretty quick" says laborer Greg Hooper. In fact drinking 8 glasses a day may be harmful, forcing the body to work harder to expel the water. A Dartmouth study calls it an urban myth and showed that humans get the required amount from their regular diet.

     "You think you have to drink a lot of water to lose weight yeah it's surprising to me" Hopper says.

     Those who work outside in the heat would obviously have to drink more water to stay hydrated. Also, some of the studies showed that drinking 8 glasses of water a day does nothing to help with weight loss, beauty or headache relief.   Bob Hallmark REPORTING/bhallmark@kltv.com

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