Volume 4 - Issue 8
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We have always been told that drinking eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day is essential to good health. As well, we have always been told that drinking soft drinks, coffee, tea and other liquid substitutes is not the answer.
Recently, I read two conflicting articles about this issue. One says that this issue of drinking eight 8-oz. glasses of water is a "myth" and that we should drink only when we feel we need to. As well, this article said that drinking "other liquids" as a substitute was fine. That runs contrary to everything I have ever heard about our need for water.
The other article took a different position. In fact, this physician said that we should be drinking water based on our body weight. Namely, that we should divide our body weight by two and that is the number of ounces of water (without substitutes) that we should consume on a daily basis.
I firmly believe that water plays an essential role when dealing with pain issues. For those who suffer from osteoarthritis, pain management is a big issue. I decided to try these two different theories for myself to see what kind of results I had.
What water does?
How much water: When and where?
For example, if you weigh 140 lbs. you should drink 70 ounces of water daily. If you used the old rule of eight 8-oz. glasses daily, that would not be enough. You would still be 6 ounces short of what your body needs. If you weigh 180 pounds, you should be drinking 90 ounces daily. That old formula would leave you a full 26 ounces shy of what you should consume. And consider this fact: this amount of water is just for normal day-to-day activity.
Also, for those who are physically active and exercise, you should weigh yourself before and after exercising. If you are doing any serious exercising, you would find that you might lose a full pound or more during a pretty vigorous workout activity. And for every pound you lose, you are encouraged to drink another 16-oz. glass of water.
Now, most serious athletes use "sports drinks" to fortify their workouts but I think they would be the first to tell you they also use a lot of water. As well, they drink water before and after exercising.
Whoa! That's a lot of water!
As soon as I get up in the morning, I start my day with two 8-oz. glasses of water. As the day goes on, I keep a water bottle close by even when I am working at my computer. In fact, I keep water close by no matter what I am doing.
This all took some getting used to. I was not accustomed to drinking this much water but it was well worth the effort. I feel like a million bucks.
Obviously, some of you would need eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day or less. If you weigh less than 128 pounds (that would be 64 ounces of water a day or exactly eight 8-oz. glasses) you would not require that much.
I did not try the other "suggested" approach. It may or may not be a good way to go. Frankly, I am a little wary about this other approach. Of course, you can try it either way. My feeling is that most physicians would tell you that consuming more water would be the way to do this. All I can do is share what my experience was.
Try it. You won't regret adding this little trick to your pain-fighting arsenal.
See you next time.
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