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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Whom Do You Trust?

For years now, we've heard that we should drink 8 cups of water (2 quarts) a day. Last night on the news I heard that there is no evidence to prove that drinking that much water is good for you!

Then this morning on NPR I heard the same thing! Fine...it would be a relief not to have to suck down all that water and then rush off to the bathroom every 20 minutes, but, I may just stick with my 2 quart routine. Know why? Because six months from now, someone is going to come along and release a study saying, "yes indeed, you DO need to drink all that water." So whom do you trust? You trust yourself. It may just be a coincidence, but since I started the 2 quarts a day, I've found that I have less congestion in my lungs. And now, with allergy season starting up again, I certainly don't want to add to my congestion!

One thing that really bothered me (RANT ALERT!), was this from the NPR piece:
"Water is a great strategy for dieters because it has no calories," says Madeline Fernstrom of the University of Pittsburgh. "So you can keep your mouth busy without food and get the sense of satisfaction."

But water is not magical, she adds. Other zero-calorie options such as diet sodas are fine, too.

Why in heaven's name, would someone promote drinking diet soda with all its added chemicals? DRINK WATER! Drink tap water and stop paying for all those fancy waters that come in plastic bottles (and end up as trash--the number of bottles that are recycled is disturbingly small)!

We have become much too obsessed with fancy labels on things that are readily available for no, or nearly no, cost! Go to CNN.com, type in "Water that's gone to the dogs" and click CNN VIDEOS for a story about bottled water for dogs! What has this world come to?

Here's a book by someone who is a strong advocate for drinking lots of water, Your Body's Many Cries for Water: You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty!: Don't Treat Thirst with Medication by F. Batmanghelidj [616 BAT]. Look for books to be released over the next year that will argue the opposite position!

Again, trust yourself, but a word of advice--don't drink soda instead of water!

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