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Ask Dr Miriam.


Q With the warmer weather I'm sweating much more. I was wondering if it's a good idea to carry a bottle of water with me so I don't get dehydrated.

A It's always a good idea to carry water with you, particularly if you're over 60, because we become less sensitive to thirst as we grow older.

However the health police are responsible for many myths about water.

We've been encouraged to drink a minimum eight glasses of water a day but it isn't necessary. In fact, this figure was just pulled out of the air - there's no scientific evidence that it's beneficial.

Of course, we need fluids to function properly, but we take in a lot of liquid in food, even solids. White bread is a third water, fruit and veg can be nearer to 90%.

All day long we're drinking tea, coffee, juice and soft drinks which are almost 100% water - and our body knows it.

I carry a bottle of water myself and I use thirst as my guide, taking a sip when I feel thirsty.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 3, 2015
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