Other studies have tested water’s effects on the functioning of organs.
They indicate that water retention in the body is variable and depends on the
speed with which water is ingested—if it is gulped quickly, water is more likely
to be excreted, while if it is sipped slowly, it is retained in the body.
However, no studies have documented any sort of benefit to organs based on
increased water intake, regardless of speed.
Drs. Negoianu and Goldfarb also investigated the theory that drinking more water will make people feel full and
curb their appetite. Proponents say this may help people maintain their weight
and even help fight obesity. But studies remain inconclusive. No carefully
designed clinical trials have measured the effects of water intake on weight
Headaches also are often attributed to water deprivation, but
there are few data to back this up. Only one small trial has addressed the
question, and while trial participants who increased their water intake
experienced fewer headaches than those who did not, the results were not
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Neither are there many studies to say that guzzling water will prevent
headaches or flush toxins from your body.
"I always laugh when I hear that
one," says Stella Volpe, a nutritionist at the University of Pennyslvania School
of Nursing. "Your kidneys do that job." Volpe was not involved in today's study,
which is published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, an
organization of kidney specialists.
So why did these notions take hold?
Goldfarb says they found medical-advice sites on the Internet are full of
recommendations to drink extra water.
"It's required for life, and I guess
that's led people to think, well, if a normal amount is good, then extra might
be better," he said.
I've never been able to drink the recommended 8 glasses. I usually drink about 4 or 5and when Im not paying attention to my diet I dont drink any! I've always thought it was flawed science to say that only water counted when it came to the body! It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out that isn't true. The body uses the water in the food we eat as well as the tea we drink. That's just common sense.
I do know that regardless of the studies I lose weight better when I drink water. So I suppose I will continue going down the middle of the road on my water consumption.