Day 42: Drinking clean water

Today's fitness tip is a health tip instead of an exercise, so visit the daily fitness exercise library to pick out some stretchy exercises to do while you read this tip.
 
Dr. Todd Berntson, the author of Deskercise: The Workplace Workout (the source of many of our workday exercises) reports that drinking an adequate amount of clean water every day is one of the most overlooked, but simplest ways of keeping your body healthy. Water is used to help the body cleanse itself from toxins and metabolic waste. Although drinking water has become more popular over the past several years, many people still do not consume enough water. Instead, they drink coffee, tea, juices, and soft drinks and figure that they get enough fluids. It is true that when you drink these things you are consuming water. However, along with the water, you are also consuming a lot of other stuff that the body will need to ultimately eliminate, so the potential beneficial effect of the water is negated. To make matters worse, drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks, actually cause more water loss than the amount of water they contain, resulting in a net loss of water.
 
Ideally, the average person should consume around 10 cups of water per day, or just over a half gallon. Some of this water is found in the food and beverages you consume, so you don't have to drink an entire half-gallon of water every day. What I tell my patients to do is to buy a 1.5 liter bottle of water from the local grocery store and to drink that amount of water every day. If you exercise heavily, you may have to drink two of those 1.5 liter bottles of water each day. By drinking enough water, you will be helping your body to remain healthy. It is by far the cheapest health insurance you can buy.
 
Reprinted from Deskercise! The Workplace Workout, by Dr. Todd M. Berntson
 
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