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Monday, November 1, 2010


I found the following facts very interesting. And increasing my water intake has helped tremendously with my fatigue.

General Facts

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • 83% of Americans know they don’t drink enough water.
  • Thirst in the mouth is only one of many indicators of dehydration.
  • Thirst in the mouth sensations decrease significantly after age 30.
  • By the time you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Drink before you are thirsty.
  • Drink twice as much as it takes to quench your thirst.
  • Blood is 92% water. Brain is 75% water. Lungs are 90% water. Muscles are 75% water.

Health/Wellness and Disease

  • 5 glasses of water/day: decreases risk of breast cancer by 79%, colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%.
  • Chronic dehydration causes: asthma, arthritis, kidney stones, gall stones, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, weight gain, migraines, loss of muscle tone and digestive complications.
  • 8-10 glasses/day can significantly ease back and joint pain for 80% of sufferers.
  • Water greatly increases the efficiency of the immune system in bone marrow, including its efficiency against cancer.
  • Water helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Water helps prevent glaucoma.
  • Water reduces the incidence of morning sickness in pregnancy.

Performance and Focus

  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue and performance reduction.
  • A 2% drop in body fluid causes a 20% reduction in mental and physical performance.
  • Water helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Water restores normal sleep rhythms.

Diet and Weight

  • Even mild dehydration will slow metabolism as much as 3%—fewer calories burned.
  • 1 glass of water shuts down midnight hunger for almost 100% of dieters.
  • In 38% of Americans the thirst mechanism is so weak that thirst is mistaken for hunger.
  • Adequate hydration relieves constipation and reduces fluid retention.

Aging and Beauty

  • Aging is essentially dehydration.
  • Water makes skin smooth and helps decrease the effects of aging.
  • Water gives luster and shine to the eyes.
  • Water decreases premenstrual pains and hot flashes.
  • Dehydration prevents sex hormone production, a primary cause of impotence and loss of libido.

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