Americans Don't Drink Enough Water
June 10, 2000
Most people fall short of recommendations to drink eight 8-ounces
servings a day, results of a new survey reveal. Although nearly
three quarters of Americans are aware of the recommendation, only
34% actually drink this amount, while 10% said they do not drink
water at all. However, Americans drink an average of nearly 6 servings
a day of caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda. These drinks
can actually cause the body to lose water, making proper hydration
even more difficult to attain.
Water makes up more than 70% of the body's tissues and plays a
role in nearly every body function from regulating temperature and
cushioning joints to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing waste
from the body. Severe dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation,
digestion and kidney function. But on a daily basis, not getting
enough water can cause fatigue, dry skin, headaches and constipation.
Nearly one-third did not know that giving a child water instead
of sugar-containing drinks such as juice or soda can help prevent
childhood obesity, the survey revealed.
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