The Myth of Eight Glasses of Water a Day

The human body has around 100 trillion cells, &, believe it or not, 10 times that number of viruses & bacteria residing in it. Each cell operates intelligently, each organ acts intelligently & obviously, the entire organism acts intelligently. There are laws & principles which govern life, & indeed, govern health & disease.

Symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, fevers, pain & inflammation all have survival value. The body is working as designed. These are reparative, remedial processes the body employs to keep itself clean & well. Sometimes painful, but always having survival value.

Similarly, sensations such as hunger, thirst, tiredness, sleepiness etc all have survival value & are intelligently directed. They have been guiding humans for millions of years. Only recently were we told by supposed experts that these symptoms were wrong, &, in the case of fevers & inflammation, positively harmful.

There are however signs that a more enlightened approach is taking hold.

A document written by an enlightened dietician contains what is known as a medical reversal. A medical reversal is where a completely different recommendation is given, contrary to what has been the “party line” for decades. Whereas dieticians & many doctors have been saying for the past 15 years that we need to drink water all day because by the time we are thirsty we are already suffering dehydration, a recent article by Nicole Senior for the Glycemic Association, contradicts that view.

Agreeing with this view that we are overplaying the water recommendations, Dr Tim Noakes & Dr David Martin, from South Africa & the USA respectively, stated this : “it has been difficult to find any studies in which dehydration has been identified as the causative factor in even a single case of exercise-related heatstroke”

Indeed, drinking too much water, or water gorging, has been shown to cause hyponatremia, or low blood sodium, with serious & rarely, fatal consequences.

Their studies led to the USA Track & Field, the governing body of track & field, making major revisions to drinking guidelines for athletes ( Instead of drinking as much as they can, the guidelines say, they should drink when they are thirsty. Dr Martin said these changes were revolutionary & overdue. Following on from this the International Marathon Medical Directors Association also reversed its stance. Drink when thirsty!

Dr Heinz Valtin, a physiologist from Dartmouth Medical College, said he could find no scientific support for the common advice for adults to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

 “The benefits”, he said, “such as weight loss, relief of constipation & headaches, less fatigue & increased alertness, have no foundation in scientific studies”.   Listen to your body, it gives accurate feedback if we look after it.

If thirsty, drink!

If hungry, eat!

If tired, rest & sleep!

If feverish, fast & rest!

This philosophy will serve you well.

It appears to be common sense, but common sense is not too common today.

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