Water: Are You Drinking Enough?

Here are some facts from a brief article in The Compleat Mother, one of our favorite magazines (#64, Winter, 2001).

  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (It is likely that this applies as well to half the world's population.)

  • Even mild dehydration slows down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

  • In a University of Washington study, a single glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters.

  • The #1 trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.

  • Research indicates that eight to ten glasses of water per day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

  • Drinking five glasses of water per day decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, the risk of breast cancer by 75%, and the risk of bladder cancer by 50%.

Another authority says: “Water is also the best medicine, both inside and outside the body. The finest prevention for malaise (after an evening of excess consumption!) is a pint of water before bed.”

So what are you waiting for? Drink up!

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