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How much water do you need?
Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 40, Issue 3.
Water is a vital nutrient. We can't live without it. But how much do you need? In a review just published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Professor Eric Jéquier and Dr Florence Constant, Nestlé Waters, conclude that people should drink about 1.5 litres per day. This estimate is based on a thorough understanding of water requirements by individuals at different stages of the life cycle and under different environmental and physiological situations. There are some differences in the recommendations for Europe compared with the USA, which reflect differences in dietary patterns between Europe and the USA. However, there is general agreement that adults are less at risk of dehydration than infants and the elderly.