The Benefits of Drinking Water, Hydration, and Health

by | Jan 21, 2010 | Food and Nutrition, Health | 0 comments

I’ve always followed the mantra of “drink only when you’re thirsty.”  And funny thing…I am rarely actually thirsty!  So in the past, I’ve consumed very little water throughout the day.  It’s an actual effort to take the time and remember to drink.

There are two sides to every coin and since the not drinking much has gotten me to where I am now and I’d like to change, I’m now headed to the drink more water side of the fence to see how this new “drink-more-water” habit affects my weight-loss efforts and overall health.

There seems to be some debate about the philosophy of drinking 8 glasses of water a day.  Is it true, does, it work, has it really been proven that it’s a required health fact that we need eight glasses of water a day to survive?  I found an article on Web MD, “Benefits of Drinking Water Oversold?” that says evidence is lacking.  And in his book “Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life:  You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!” Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD shows the crucial benefits of drinking water for our health.

So I suppose we each need to listen to our bodies and decide what’s best for us!  Since our body is made up mostly of water, and coffee, tea, and colas are documented to cause dehydration, it makes sense to me that perhaps a little more H2O in my daily diet isn’t such a bad thing!

My water glass is empty, and I’m actually getting kind of thirsty…  Time for me to close this post and head to the kitchen for a  refill, but before I go, I’m curious…  How much water do you drink daily and why?

Leave me a comment below, share your thoughts, and let’s explore the benefits of drinking water for health together!

Aliesa George: Over the past three decades, Aliesa George has helped assist people with their personal health journeys by sharing, teaching, and developing Pilates, Foot Fitness, and other Mind-Body programs.



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