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Local doctor disputes anti-water hype

Hinsdale, IL – Despite recent media reports about a new study claiming that drinking eight glasses of water daily isn’t as beneficial as once believed, one local internal medicine doctor and weight loss specialist is urging people not to avoid the water cooler. While not a magic cure-all, water does indeed have many health benefits, said Dr. Ehtesham Ghani, who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals.

“Water is essential in losing fat,” Ghani said. “You need water, calcium, Vitamin B, enzymes and hormones to melt fat and turn that into usable fuel. We use that fuel for energy when we lose weight and water is an essential component of that.”

Ghani’s comments come on the heels of a research completed by doctors at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Their research found little evidence that drinking eight eight-ounce glasses of water suppresses your appetite, improve your skin, and clears toxins from your body.

That study is based on “preliminary data” that should be examined more closely, Ghani said.

“Most normal, healthy people will require 64 to 80 ounces of water per day,” Ghani said. “For every 25 pounds that you’re overweight, you require an extra eight ounces of water. Water not only helps you lose fat, but also is essential to flushing out sodium that is in your body.”

When you’re thirsty, reaching for water is much better for your body than coffee, soda, juice or other high-calorie, high-sodium, caffeinated beverages.

“Even if you drink diet pop, many diet pops still have sodium which retains fluid in the body,” Ghani said.

Ghani is double board certified in internal medicine and bariatrics. He is the medical director and founder of the Center for Weight Management, which has offices in Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Brookfield, Berwyn and Naperville.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.