CLEO (Malaysia) - - BODY & SOUL -

e’re told that we need at least eight glasses of wa­ter daily to be healthy, but do­ing so can some­times feel as though the whole day re­volves around drink­ing (and pee­ing). So we ask, does the “two litres a day” no­tion re­ally have to be ad­hered to? Through­out the day, our bod­ies can lose be­tween one-and-a-half to two litres of wa­ter, sim­ply by breath­ing, sweat­ing and uri­nat­ing (a lit­tle more if it’s hot or dur­ing ex­er­cise). So, in or­der to make up for the loss, we need to drink more wa­ter. A study of 48,000 peo­ple showed that those who drank 1.5 litres (around six glasses) of wa­ter a day had a lower in­ci­dence of blad­der can­cer than those who con­sumed less than 240ml (one glass) per day. A study of 12,017 women found that those who drank five or more glasses of wa­ter per day had much lower risk of de­vel­op­ing coro­nary heart dis­ease than those who drank only two glasses of wa­ter a day. needed for gen­eral hy­dra­tion and it turns out, doesn’t clear tox­ins any faster than if we were to con­sume less. Our kid­neys act like sieves, keep­ing thing that our body needs, such as cal­cium, and throw­ing out the rest (by send­ing it to the blad­der to be­come urine). We might think that drink­ing a lot of wa­ter helps our kid­neys flush out the tox­ins faster, but a small sci­en­tific study showed that hav­ing too much H2O ac­tu­ally slows down the process. While there are long-term ben­e­fits to drink­ing six glasses of wa­ter a day, there’s no hardand-fast rule for gen­eral hy­dra­tion. Ev­ery­one’s body is dif­fer­ent and so is the amount of wa­ter they need. This dif­fer­ence de­pends on our di­ets, how much ex­er­cise we do, and ge­net­ics. So, don’t force your­self to have eight glasses a day if it’s mak­ing you feel bloated, or if you feel you don’t need it. Trust that your body will tell you when you’re thirsty and re­quire a top-up and when you don’t. Some stud­ies sug­gest drink­ing wa­ter be­fore a meal can de­crease ap­petite and pro­mote weight loss. As much as we want this to be true, the ef­fect won’t last as hunger will even­tu­ally kick in.

Do­ing it for Gigi’s glow.

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