Q: I’m always hearing about the importance of water. Why is water so important and how much should I drink?
A: Yes, water is important. Water plays an important roll in all body functions and is essential for health and even survival. The general guideline is to drink eight cups of water per day which is equivalent to 64 ounces or half a gallon.
However, the amount of water needed can be affected by climate, diet and physical activity. Water can also help with weight loss. Increasing your water intake when on a diet will help you feel full and help you stay away from eating excess calories. Water also helps to flush away waste in the body which can be important during times of weight loss.
Here are some tips to ensure you are getting enough water:
Water is essential for a healthy body and can help you with your diet goals, so drink plenty of water every day!
-By Courtney Clark, UCO Dietetic Student
For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.