With water so plentiful around us, usually people question only the quality of water. Hardly anyone asks you seriously, whether you think you drink ENOUGH water. They ask, instead, what TYPE of water you drink, if they ask at all. Typically, the people who ask what type of water you drink have some sort of a water filter to sell.
I’m not selling water filters!
You can find many sources of information about the dangers of chlorine in our water, or the evils of fluoridation. There are, even, other cancer-causing agents added to our water by those who care less for your health than for their profit.
That is NOT the subject in this Viewpoint. I am writing about why you should drink more water than you are! I included some sixty pages about WATER in a The Lost Book of Herbal Book I wrote – about heart disease! You might ask why is there a Section of that Book about the importance of drinking more water.
The answer is intriguing!
One reason is that you can prevent, even reverse, symptoms of heart disease with water alone!
That seems such a preposterous statement that I waited until I’d already written 200+ pages in that Book to spring it on the reader. YOU are getting that statement on this FIRST page. It does sound incredible, but hang on because by the end of these few pages I think you’ll have such a new understanding of water that you will see how, in fact, drinking more water can reduce the chances of your having a stroke or heart attack!
You need not worry much about the quality of water until you are drinking as much as your body needs to stay healthy. That’s why it’s the wrong question (What type of water should I drink?). When you spend time on worrying about what type of water to drink and you don’t know how much you should drink and why, you are, indeed, putting the cart before the horse.
Yes, I’m claiming, even without knowing you personally, that you are not drinking enough water every day to keep healthy – I’m claiming that whatever health problems you may have, and no matter what OTHER source they may have, fundamental to all of them is that your body is trying to operate with less water intake than it needs and wants.
That is the subject of this Viewpoint!
How Much Water Should You Drink?
So, how much do I think you SHOULD be drinking? Ten or more glasses per day!
Let’s start with a simple definition of a “glass of water.” That’s about eight ounces. It should be considered “plain,” not flavored or with fizzy bubbles. Coca Cola is NOT water. Actually, when you drink Coke or any soda drink, or coffee, or tea, you THINK you are getting a lot of water into your body. It seems true.
But the real truth is that the other ingredients in these beverages are often harmful to the body, and, whether harmful or not, virtually all beverages increase the body’s need for water by MORE than the water taken in as part of these beverages. Thus, it takes MORE than one glass of plain water to provide what the body needs to handle one glass of Coke!
So, now that we are measuring in regular 8-ounce glasses of plain water, how would my recommendation of 10 glasses per day stack up?
I’ve done surveys. Here are the results:
There will be about 10% who never drink one plain glass of water during the day. They have justifications, such as the orange juice, beer, coffee or milk they drink. These people are in deep trouble! There will be about 30% who drink one or two glasses per day. There are about 40% who drink from three to five glasses per day – water, not other beverages. There will be about 15% who drink six to nine glasses per day. There will be about 5% who drink ten or more glasses per day.
You’d find, if you looked at the people in these various categories, that those groups drinking the most water have the least illness. You’d find those 40% of all people, drinking three or less glasses per day, take about 75% of all the drugs and medications of the entire US population! Yes, most of the drugs, most of the illness, attach to the vast majority of people — drinking less than three plain glasses of water per day. People on welfare drink much less water than affluent people. Surely is not because water is more plentiful in rich people’s homes!