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Are you drinking enough water?

It’s summer here in Arizona, and it’s hot! Time to be mindful of our drinking water intake. You may have heard that 64 ounces (eight 8-ounce glasses) is the correct amount for adults, but the Mayo Clinic  quoting a report from The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, says men should drink about 15.5 cups (124 ounces) and women should drink 11.5 (92 ounces). BTW, coffee/tea or other liquids do count.

Turns out, how much is enough is a very individual matter. It depends on how active we are, how much we are sweating and if we are overweight.

Quality of drinking water counts too. Not all drinking water is created equal. I just ran across a very credible new study reporting that drinking water from nearly half of US faucets contains potentially harmful chemicals.

Drink more than you think you need, but check the quality before you drink. You can check quality very easily on the website of your local water district. The first statement I read on my water district website was: “All water produced and delivered by Mesa Water District meets or surpasses standards for public drinking water established by the Department of Water Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.”

It’s also a good idea to filter your drinking water. We use an under-the-sink, 2 cartridge filter system. There are many systems to chose from, and a wide price range.

But, like all good things, ingesting too much can get you into trouble. If you were to drink a gallon (or more) per day, you may experience water poisoning, intoxication, or a disruption of brain function.

So, word to the health-wise. Drink plenty of high quality water.

I’’d love to hear from you about your drinking water habits.

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