PhillyVoice contributor Brandon Baker recently consulted Jefferson Health experts on ideal water consumption. Everyone has heard the advice to drink at least eight cups of water a day. Josh Okon, assistant director of Thomas Jefferson University’s Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, reported it is not as accurate as previously thought.
The amount of water to be consumed depends on the size/gender of each individual, therefore making it difficult to assign an exact measurement. The average-size man should consume about 16 cups of water while the average-size woman should consume about 12 cups. Another way to make sure the body is properly hydrated is to monitor urine. When the body is hydrated, the urine will appear clear or light yellow. It will appear darker when the body is dehydrated.
The type of water consumed is just as important as how we should drink a day. Brandon Baker sat down with a registered dietitian from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology department. She explained the differences among seltzer water, club soda and others. While she suggest that any would be a better alternative to diet soda, she concluded that “none of these beverages have any amount of nutrients that meet your recommended daily allowances. There’s not enough.” She says that one fruit or vegetable will give more sufficient nutritional value than one of the alternatives.