Healthy Bites: Drink more water

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date: June 2013

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Mary Ellen Herndon:

Hi I'm Mary Ellen, a dietician at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Welcome to our Healthy Bites Nutrition Challenge. Your challenge for the next month is to drink one less soda and sugary beverage, and one more glass of water each day. Many drinks, especially sodas and juices, have a lot of sugar and calories. Over time, that can add up to unwanted weight gain which can put you at risk for diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Water, on the other hand, has no calories, it helps you stay full and eat less and maintain a healthy weight.

Gary:

The first day I tried the challenge, I tried to make too much of a change at once. I forced myself to drink more liquids than I needed and I almost made myself sick. After that, I decided just to replace what I was drinking with water on top of my usual soda and that made a huge difference. Drinking more water helped fill me up so much that I ate a lot less.

Mary Ellen Herndon:

Most people should try to drink at least 64-ounces of water each day. That usually is about 8 to 10 glasses. You can find more tips to help you drink more water at www.mdanderson.org/healthybites. You'll also find tips and tools to help you drink more water. Good luck.

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