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Water is the Only Drink for a Wise Man

Posted January 13, 2009 12:01 AM by NaturalPro

Water, the single most important resource for sustaining life, is sometimes referred to as the forgotten supplement or nutrient. We can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water. Here are some facts to consider. Water covers approximately 71% of the Earth, the human body is 61.8% water by weight, blood is composed of 85% water, and the brain is composed of 75% water. Are you thirsty yet?

Weight Loss and Water

Water plays a very important role in diet and weight loss, not to mention overall good health. During the first few days of dieting, you will notice a quick loss in weight that is due largely to a loss in water. So, it's important to drink enough water to avoid dehydration. But don't worry that drinking too much water will give you a "bloated" look. There are many factors that cause water retention, but drinking water is not one of them - unless combined with excessive sodium.

Exercise and Water

To burn calories, the human body requires an adequate supply of water. If that's not enough motivation to make you drink more water, consider that dehydration slows the fat burning process. Also, the process of burning calories creates toxins that water helps to flush out of our bodies. A study complied by a Washington University suggests that one glass of water eliminated hunger pangs in nearly 100% of dieters. Remember that fact when you get hungry tonight. One of the biggest causes in weight gain can be attributed to late-night snacking.

Are You Dehydrated?

Approximately 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. As mentioned above, blood is 85% water. Not surprisingly then dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume that in turn reduces the oxygen supply to your muscles. A reduction in oxygen supply can make you feel tired. Is it any wonder that so many of us are groggy right now?

Before you grab that cup of mid-afternoon coffee, ask yourself if you've had enough water today. Studies indicate that the number one cause of daytime fatigue is a lack of water! Also, that cup of coffee that seems so necessary may have an adverse effect on you. Coffee is a diuretic and contributes to dehydration. So, whenever you drink coffee (and tea, soda, or alcohol for that matter) be sure and consume more water to compensate.

Flush Trouble Away

In terms of overall health and well-being, we should not overlook the importance of water. Proper hydration keeps muscles and joints lubricated, and has been shown to reduce back and joint pain in 80% of people who suffer from these conditions. We've all heard those recommendations about drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. But consider that studies show that only 5 glasses a day can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and the risk of bladder cancer by 50%.

As Henry David Thoreau once said, "Water is the only drink for a wise man". And that goes for women, too. By the time that you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. So why wait that long?

I'll see you at the water cooler.

Editor's Note: The author is a Natural Drug Free WNBF Pro Bodybuilder, 2x Amateur State Champion, Amateur National Champion, and Amateur World Champion.

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http://www.caloriesperhour.com/tutorial_water.php

http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C5223.html

http://thinkexist.com/quotations/water/

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01/13/2009 4:38 PM

I whole-heartedly appreciate this blog on water and the benefit it brings. It does seem these days that while everyone is going crazy over water bottles, people are still (more often than not) dehydrated. Water certainly keeps me full when I am at work. I can't vouch that water keeps me awake more, but that is definitely a plus if it does!

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01/13/2009 8:20 PM

And any clean, pure water is great. Doesnt have to come in a designer bottle. Tap water will do. And no calories. Who could ask for more.

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01/14/2009 9:03 AM

Don't get me wrong - water is great. I'm not knocking water at all.

I'm just saying... don't discount the coffee... it doesn't dehydrate, AND it's good for short term memory!

In other news; there is some contention out there about BPA from plastic water bottles (and such - all plastic food containers) acting as a xeno-estrogen and being potentially harmful.

Here's a link, or google "plastic estrogen" for a million others.

http://www.fccc.edu/news/2005/Plastic-Packaging-Estrogens-04-18-05.html

So: Water, from the tap into your thermos looks best!

(But coffee is still good too ;))

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01/14/2009 10:27 AM

Don't get me wrong either. I love my coffee to and wouldn't be happy trying to get through a day without a "few" cups. I did not intend to knock or discount coffee at all.

And I do certainly stand corrected in regard to the dehydrating effects of coffee:

Q: Is coffee a diuretic?

A: The caffeine in coffee is a mild diuretic, but moderate consumption of coffee has no greater effect than that seen with plain water. Decaffeinated coffee contains minimal amounts of caffeine and will therefore also have no greater effect on fluid loss than water.

Q: So will drinking coffee make me dehydrated?

A: No, coffee is an important source of fluid in the diet and moderate consumption, of 4-5 cups per day for the general population, will have no adverse effect on fluid levels in the body. In fact, experts in nutrition state that coffee can contribute significantly to daily fluid intake.

Q: I have read that I should drink a glass of water for each cup of coffee I consume – is this true?

A: No, the diuretic effect of coffee in moderate amounts is no greater than water. The British Nutrition Foundation confirms this by stating that you do not need to drink more water to compensate for consuming caffeinated drinks.

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01/22/2009 9:42 AM

I'm glad to see you've seen the light on the benefits of coffee, but you have only scratched the surface. The health benefit of coffee far out weighs any negative aspects of this special bean. A quick review of the article asbracts on the Coffee Science Source will provide a wealth of scientific studies on these benefits. A well known toxicologist and consultant in food safety, James Coughlin Ph.D., stated "The preponderance of scientific evidence suggests that moderate coffee consumption – that is three to five cups a day – may be associated with a reduction in the risk of certain diseases." at the Nutrigenomics symposium.

Coffee improves mental alertness, has no diuretic effect at all and helps in improving physical fitness and training, reduces the risk of several major deseases plaguing the world such as diabetes ("moderate coffee drinking is associated with a lower likelihood of having diabetes, after adjusting for various potential confounders."...), cancer ("People who drink more than a cup of coffee a day are less likely to develop liver cancer than those who do not, Japanese researchers say."), dementia or Alzheimer's, Parkinson's (in fact in a 30 year study on Parkinson' and coffee, they found "...those who drank 3+ cups of coffee per day were 5 times less likely to develop Parkinson's disease." see )

Americans get most of their intake of anti-oxidants from coffee and several studies on coffees anti-oxidant attributes have been made.

In summary, you should correct your initial post to: "Coffee, the single most important resource for sustaining life, is sometimes referred to as the forgotten supplement or nutrient."

And..., a little known fact, which was deleted from the bibles we use by tea drinkers in the 8th century, is that the fourth wise man brought baby Jesus a bag of coffee beans. Ethiopian bibles might contain this fact, since Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee.

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01/22/2009 10:26 AM

"I'm glad to see you've seen the light on the benefits of coffee, but you have only scratched the surface." ????

I was not posting about coffee to begin with but I'm glad you've pointed this out.

I should walk over to your cube and thank Roger Pink and you for pointing out my senseless attack on coffee in my blog. Then I could correct my initial post to "Coffee, the single most important resource for a healthy life".

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01/23/2009 3:41 PM

Thanks for agreeing! It's no big deal. I'm glad I could help you straighten your post out.

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01/23/2009 3:43 PM

No thanks necessary Steve, just happy to help.

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There is no BPA in PET

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01/14/2009 9:06 AM

Topic-line seems a bit harsh to me. "Dunno", but (off-topic-or-not), I always liked that ol' proverb: "Coffee stimulates the body, but tea stimulates the mind."

"One of each, please!"

Further, my most recent trip to the doctor included a visit with his nutritionist, who said that unless I was feeling any negative sensations from my 4 cups of coffee in the morning, there was no good reason to cut-back. "In fact", she said, "the most recent studies indicate that coffee can contribute to forestalling the onset of diabetes."

Hey... while we're on the subject, does anyone know if water has been FDA Approved for use in any diet-related programs...?

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01/15/2009 3:59 AM

Yes, I too am fed up by the 'water police' My doctor treated me me like an idiot (hey that can be interpreted in sooo many ways )

He asked 'how much water do you drink in a day?'
I started totting up the milk tea etc, and he snapped at me 'no no just water'.
As if half a pint of milk has no H2O content!? <slaps furry head with paw>
He must have caught me on a good day as refrained from jumping on his head and clawing his face.

The "drink 2L of water" a day is a myth which was distorted from an average overall fluid intake (including the moisture in meat and veg) and even then I think there was a mistake in units somewhere. ( I read this in New Scientist, or maybe PlayCat?)

I eat when I'm hungry I drink when I'm thirsty, I have a nap when I'm tired.
The problems occur when I'm bored, stressed or horny

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01/25/2009 11:47 AM

I can't believe I'm going to say that ! We'll have to do something about the counterfeit KrisDel™ Time Machines.

Kris Del

ps - is your bottom still sore ? I did tell you to drink a pint of yoghurt, you being a cat 'n all, but maybe I should have said water. It's OK folks, Del said it was a dodgy Ruby.

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01/15/2009 10:25 AM

I notice a direct relationship between how much water I drink and how I'm feeling. Less water, more headaches, joint pain, and fatigue. More water, less of that stuff and more energy. I need a minimum of "five glasses" (two-three bottles) per day to feel good. More when I'm exercising. This does not include soda/juice, although sometimes my body wants these things because it needs sugar.

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01/15/2009 12:08 PM

A bottle of barley pop a couple of time a week is good for you too. It's 95+% water.

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01/16/2009 12:32 PM

Have to agree with you 100%. In fact my mother-in law's doctor told her to drink at least one beer/day to help her kidney function. We live in an area with very hard water and excess consumption of that nasty stuff will see you in the hospital with kidney stones. Water? No thanks, I'll have a beer and keep my kidneys nice and clear! (Hey, Its as good an excuse as any other!)

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01/17/2009 1:31 PM

A tall beer once a week in one sitting is the pleasurable insurance against kidney stones. Those are described giving you birthpains, without the pleasurable outcome at the end (?). And no, beer does not prevent the stones from formation. But it flushes them out while they are just small sand. My own uncle went thru the whole shebang, and I being the smart guy I am, immediately realized that a tall beer a few times a week will insure me just that much better.

Well, water IS needed, but tall, cool, frothy suds are so much more pleasurable. I might as well call them vitamines agains stones!

There you go!

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01/20/2009 8:04 AM

I have read many articles and forwarded e-mails on the effect of drinking water on our health. Some suggest ,drinking 7 to 8 glasses of water a day get you out of all health related problems. There are many people practising what is called 'water therapy' - which is nothing but drinking 2 litres of water at one stroke as soon as you get up from bed in the morning even before brushing your teeth.

Our body is designed so well that it can sense even the slightest dehydration and the feel of thirst is created by the brain and you feel thirsty. Therefore,there is no need for us to drink water delibrately when you are not thirsty. In fact ,drinking excess amount of water while getting removed by the kidney, it takes away some quantity of minerals and trace elements which are very much essential for the smooth functioning of the system.

Therefore drink water only when you feel like .

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01/21/2009 1:06 PM

"Our body is designed so well that it can sense even the slightest dehydration and the feel of thirst is created by the brain and you feel thirsty. Therefore,there is no need for us to drink water delibrately when you are not thirsty."

This confirms that the body is in a state of dehydration when you feel thirsty. So by drinking water throughout the day you avoid "even the slightest dehydration". As far as water flushing away minerals and trace elements what about a lack of water interfering with toxin removal? Anyone on a well balanced diet can afford a small loss in minerals but who wants to drink less in order not lose such minerals at the expense of creating a toxic waste dump in their body? Drinking water is an important part of maintaining a healthy body and cleansing it of toxins.

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01/23/2009 8:06 AM

True. Drinking water in right quantity or even little excess does not matter. What I dont agree is forcibly gulping lot of water in the name of nature cure or water therapy. We feel thirsty not only when we are dehydrated, but also when the toxin levels are high. Therefore drink water whenever you feel like (even if you are not thirsty) but not forcefully - that is what I meant.

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01/23/2009 8:56 AM

I agree. Forciblly drinking more water than necessary certainly is not something I recommend. But drinking water in moderation and keeping oneself adequately hydrated is important to good health.

Thanks for your comments and feedback.

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01/25/2009 12:06 PM

Sorry to poop the party, but;

http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm

http://www.drugscope.org.uk/resources/faqs/faqpages/why-do-people-die-after-taking-ecstasy.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication

and much as I like my coffee (it's too horrific to quantify );

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070614162223.htm

Most days I drink water with meals, probably 2 pints/day in total.

Before anyone thinks I've gone saintly, Theakstons Old Peculiar is a must on Cornflakes. Vintage wine is, if you shake it first .

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01/26/2009 1:24 PM

Kris - No need to apologize for pooping on this party.

I can only hope that the average person interested in maintaining or improving overall health knows better than to consume a couple gallons of water within a short period of time resulting in water intoxification or indulges in the use of drugs such as ecstasy.

Replentishing electrolytes is an honest mistake that someone could make and find themselves in danger. Perhaps I should have dedicated a paragraph to this but I had to draw a line somewhere. I could not cover everything while trying to keep it short and informative. People can always find a reason to throw stones in my glass of water though...

But thanks for pointing out these concerns.

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01/26/2009 2:50 PM

That's cool . It's easy (certainly for me !) to diverge from a topic. The little ripples often help spur some interesting related chat/info. I nearly mentioned the dreaded <homeopathic> word, but that one needs a whole thread on it's own. The topic thus far is nice and informative, the fact that it got me thinking about water in general is a bonus. The over-drinking water issue is small in comparison to discussing the benefits of hydration etc. I was visiting a small island once, and much to my amazement found this place ! I'll go back on topic now !!

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01/26/2009 3:05 PM

No problem. I thought of covering the dangers of too much water, perhaps a future blog is in order. This one surprisingly received quite a bit of attention.

World Stone Skimming Championships! Who ever would have thought they do such a thing, certainly not me!

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01/26/2009 1:43 PM

Can you have too many electrolytes? I'm asking because I've started to drink Gatorade a lot more. I used to drink a ton of coke and I found I liked Gatorade as much and it has much less calories. Is there any danger from consuming too many electrolytes without exercising?

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01/26/2009 1:54 PM

Some years back a fad developed in these parts. It was set in motion by self appointed health gurus seeking purification and offering their prognostications to all who would listen.

Those persons who took these charlatans at their word continue to suffer severe health problems. Many suffer from continued bone loss. Others suffer from renal problems. The list of health problems continues to grow.

Meanwhile those same gurus who sold the distilled water are continuing to move about the country without impunity. It usually starts with a small ad in the local newspaper.

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What was the fad? Was it bottled water or something more?

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"Purification"........whatever the hell that means...... by drinking 'pure' distilled water which is virtually mineral free and will de-mineralize whoever drinks it.

They sold it in multi-gallon containors.

The elderly were the worst affected.

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Oooooh, I see. I remember back in the day I used to work at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. During my training they felt the need to tell me not to drink the deionized water in the lab as it would leech the minerals from my body. At the time I was a bit embarrassed that they felt they needed to tell me that. That really is deplorable.

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Would de-ionized be the same as distilled? I understand distilled to be an evaporative process.

If not then it's very possible they were selling de-ionized. Wasn't cheap either.

Thing was that even after the public health authorities issued warnings very few listened.

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Similar, I'm sure you got it right when you said distilled. The effect would be the same.

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The effects are horrible. Elderly people would break their legs just by putting their weight down while walking.

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01/26/2009 4:33 PM

I can imagine. I think people are getting a little obsessed with "purity". Pure water, pure air, organic food. It's all a little paranoid if you ask me. I think it's kind of a joke that people who do this are overweight, as that is by far the greatest health risk (it is hard to lose weight though), well, that and smoking.

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01/26/2009 4:45 PM

What really gets me is seeing a 300lb 12 yr old whose mother just bought a grocery cart full of crap. I find it difficult not to comment my sentiments to her....something like "Oh, how charming, so, you're a cow in need of likewise company eh?"...and to hell with political correctness.

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