Eight glasses of water a myth – academic

Sydney Morning Herald
AAP

DRINKING eight glasses of water a day to lose weight and stay healthy is a myth, a Melbourne academic says.

Australian recommendations suggest an adequate daily fluid intake is about 2.8 litres for women and 3.4 litres for men.

However, this includes fluid found in food and beverages.

La Trobe University lecturer Spero Tsindos said people could get their daily fluid intake from fruit, vegetables, juices and even tea and coffee.

“If you’re feeling thirsty then drink by all means a beverage. It doesn’t have to be water,” Mr Tsindos said.

“I’m not saying you shouldn’t drink water. I’m saying the need to drink two litres of water on a regular basis is a complete myth.

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