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Nov. 6, 2008
Gulp Science
How many gulps of water does it take to reach 8 ounces?

As the dietitian for all things nutrition at Clif Bar & Company, these are the questions I find myself contemplating.

In an attempt to find the answer, I conducted a decidedly un-scientific experimental design using two of my very own co-workers: Stella (one of our kitchen experts for LUNA food), selected for her charm and intelligence as well as petite stature, and Ian (our beloved baker of all things CLIF), selected for his desire to get to the bottom of things.

Stella and Ian counted how many gulps out of standard water bottles it took to reach 8 fluid ounces. Why 8 ounces? It’s recommended that during activity, athletes (weekend warriors, included) consume 6-8 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes.

The tally?

Stella: 9 gulps/8 fl. oz.
Ian: 4 gulps/8 fl. oz.

What does this tell us? Well, it helps me translate textbook hydration recommendations into practical athlete (yes, that means you) applications during exercise.

Pretty wide range, but that’s us humans!
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Tara, the RD
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