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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: NUTRITIONAL MODULATION OF GAIT AND COGNITION IN AGING

Location: Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Title: Water, hydration, and health

Authors
item Popkin, Barry -
item D'Anci, Kristen -
item Rosenberg, Irwin -

Submitted to: Nutrition Reviews
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: June 20, 2010
Publication Date: August 20, 2010
Citation: Popkin, B.M., D'Anci, K.E., Rosenberg, I.H. 2010. Water, hydration, and health. Nutrition Reviews. 68(8):439-458.

Technical Abstract: This review examines the current knowledge of water intake as it pertains to human health, including overall patterns of intake and some factors linked with intake, the complex mechanisms behind water homeostasis, and the effects of variation in water intake on health and energy intake, weight, human performance, and functioning. Water represents a critical nutrient, the absence of which will be lethal within days. Water's importance for the prevention of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases has received more attention recently because of the shift toward consumption of large proportions of fluids as caloric beverages. Despite this focus, there are major gaps in knowledge related to the measurement of total fluid intake and hydration status at the population level; there are also few longer-term systematic interventions and no published randomized, controlled longer-term trials. This review provides suggestions for ways to examine water requirements and encourages more dialogue on this important topic.

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