Health Watch -- Healthy New Habits: Fluid Intake

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about healthy habits for the new year. We hear a lot about how important it is to stay hydrated, so many of us resolve to drink more water. But should you be worried if you start going to the bathroom more often? 

Dr. Philippe Zimmern, an urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says there's a balance between fluid consumption and fluid output. The body generally doesn't store fluid unless there's heart or kidney failure. The average person needs to go to the bathroom about six times a day. Most people don't need more than six to eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day unless they're exercising or working in hot weather. To avoid having to go to the bathroom during the night, don't drink fluids before bedtime.

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January 2006

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