When I was writing Smart Eating I developed a chapter titled, "Do I Need To Drink Water?" I sat and looked at the blank piece of paper for awhile, gathered all my thoughts then wrote the shortest chapter for any book I've ever written.
I knew that water is by far the most important part of our diet . It accounts for two-thirds of body weight and in addition to being part of blood, lymph, and body secretions it aids in digestion, regulates body temperature and transports nutrients and body wastes. You need at least 2-3 quarts of water a day. The warning to drink 8-12 glasses every day provides a safety net for folks who don't drink enough. If you drink more water than your body needs you will spend lots of time in the bathroom. Drink too little and your urine will become dark yellow, you'll have cramps and your energy will disappear. Water can create a sensation of fullness so it is a valuable adjunct to weight management strategies. If you drink a glass of water after every trip to the bathroom or after exercise you'll probably have enough.
So, what did I write for that chapter (later eliminated from the book)?
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