Do you drink enough water? How much is enough, anyway? I’ve been mulling over my own water habits recently, every since I happened to buy a book called Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! by a doctor who makes a vigorous case for drinking at least two quarts of water a day, or more if you are a large person.
He goes through a variety of his own experiences and those of others. It’s not the kind of book that is loaded with tons of references, but a few are woven into the text. By the time I had finished reading the book, I was not 100% convinced, but I had decided to experiment myself.It’s only been a couple of weeks, and I can’t say I have noticed anything except more peeing and possibly a little more energy. I will continue to evaluate.
I have found this arrangement works for me: I drink a quart of water in the morning before I have anything else to drink, and I start in on the second quart not long after lunch, not having any other beverages till it’s down the hatch. I finish by around 5 or 6.
Because I don’t much like the taste of room temperature water, at least not the filtered water we use here, I fill up two glass quart jars with water each evening and put them in the fridge.
I work at home, which makes this easier. On the days that I am out and about a lot, I drink less, due to the basic principle that what goes in must come out!
Coffee, green and black tea, and alcohol all produce the result of less water in the body than if you hadn’t had them. I haven’t stopped them but have cut back some.
I must admit I have never been sure that I really need to drink the water pure. Would it be okay to mix in, say, 10% fruit juice, a squirt of lemon, or a dash of herbal tea? A friend of mine who is big on drinking water said, “You wouldn’t wash your clothes in fruit juice!” when I asked her this. Good retort, but I don’t think I have a washing machine in my gut.
So I am still unclear on this, but for the experiment, I decided to go with pure water. I am finding that it’s pretty easy to get it all down, and getting easier as I get used to it. As it gets colder in the winter, I might try hot water.
And here’s the link to that book at Amazon: