|Fueling up with Water: The New Twist
|Last review: 08/12/10 J. R. Rogers
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?
Our bodies are two-thirds water which should tell us something. It is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body. It moves nutrients and oxygen though our body. It also keeps our body temperature normal, aids in metabolism and helps us digest the foods we eat. For those who suffer from arthritis, it also "lubes" your joints.
How much water: When and where?
Although most of us are aware of that old theory that we should drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, most of us don't pay much attention to that. If you ask yourself if you follow this rule, most don't. The article written by a physician restated this "rule of thumb."
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.
There is a little more to this doctor's concept of drinking this much water. If you consume caffeine, whether from coffee, tea of soft drinks you are encouraged to drink an additional four ounces of water for every eight ounces of (whatever drink) you consume that contains caffeine.
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!
I was recently in a pain management doctor's office and his nurse handed me a list of things I should avoid to improve my pain management regimen. Sure enough, coffee was right up there under "drinks" to avoid. Of course, I happen to love a good cup of coffee like most people do so I decided to give this new water intake a try. The results were amazing.
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.
J.R. Rogers is the founder and President of Activex America, Inc. makers of Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®
The author's statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not provided to diagnose any disease or to suggest that liquid glucosamine and chondroitin will treat, cure, or prevent any disease.