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Women Who Drink More Water Get Fewer UTIs

If you hadn’t already figured it out on your own, new research affirms that women who drink more water get fewer UTIs. In a study of 140 women with recurrent UTIs, the infection rate was about half in the group that simply drank an extra 1.5 liters of water daily, Reuters said. Although they admitted they couldn’t tell exactly how much water, total, it takes to prevent a UTI, study authors said that if you have recurrent infections you should strive to drink 2 to 3 liters a day.

It’s interesting and reassuring that this study only addresses water consumption, as too often you will see other studies that try to tell you it doesn’t matter what kind of hydration you get, even if it comes in the form of diet sodas, sports drinks or artificially flavored, no-calorie, bottled water, as long as you stay hydrated. The truth is, water outperforms any of these drinks, including the sports drinks filled with electrolytes to help quench your thirst.

That said, as you know, pure, clean water is essential for your survival, regardless of your activity level or health needs. So, if you care about your health, you’ll make sure that the water you’re drinking — especially if you plan to step up your consumption of it — is properly filtered, even if you have well water. My article, “Properly Filter Your Water,” explains how to have your water tested and suggests different filter methods to give you the best water possible.

Also, I can’t help but add that giving up soda and switching solely to water is one of the best health decisions you can make for yourself, whether it’s the fully-sugared soda you drink, or artificially sweetened. One 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 33 grams of sugar (8 1/4 teaspoons) and 36 grams of net carbohydrates, which is more than your body can safely handle, especially at one sitting.

And, the idea that diet soda is a healthier option than regular soda is one of the biggest prevailing myths in the nutrition realm today, as it can put you at risk of stroke and dementia, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes and weight gain, to name a few.

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