Heres how Baker
calculates the bodys total water requirement: Every 15 calories consumed requires a tablespoon of water to metabolize.
The average Americans diet is 2,000 calories a day, so he
needs 133 tablespoons of water.
Two tablespoons make one fluid ounce, so it would take 62.5 ounces, a little less than eight 8-ounce glasses, to provide that much.
Exactly how much water you should drink depends on the weather and how active you are, Baker
agrees that other fluids such as juices and milk can contribute to the water requirement.
and the ADA say 64 ounces is about right, and they recommend taking water breaks frequently during the day, carrying a bottle of water along in the car or on a plane, and having a glass of water, tea or juice with every meal.
How can you tell if youre walking around dehydrated, as the bottled water industry and some diet experts say most of us are?
Theres a simple way to check, and Rolls, Baker
and virtually every authority agree on it.
warned, taking large quantities of water-soluble B vitamins, much more than the recommended daily allowance, can produce the same effect.
But Tammy Baker, M.S., R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, doesnt agree.
Food contains water, yes, she