found this on nayeli’s stumbleupon blog.
1. 75% of americans are chronically dehydrated. (likely applies to half the world population.)
2. in 37% of americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
4. one glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a university of washington study.
5. lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. 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.
8. drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
how true, how true, how true! another example: my 82-year-old mother enjoys excellent health. her doctor says one of the main reasons is that she keeps herself very well hydrated. (her daily exercising/walking helps, too!)
in my experience, not drinking enough water is caused by the same psychological mechanism that is at least partially responsible for eating disorders: a decreased ability / willingness to look after our physical needs.
so … now … how much water do you drink?
want to start a water drinkers’ club?
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