Another myth bites the dust:
Why you DON’T need those 8 glasses of water...
How many years have I been telling you that you don’t need to gulp down those eight glasses of water a day that all the health ninnies seem to think are so important? And it’s not just because of what’s in tap water, either. No matter how pure the water, you simply don’t need to douse yourself with it in order to be healthy.
I’ve received countless letters over the years from readers who cancel their subscription because they think I’m so off base on this topic. But wherever they are, I hope they catch wind of this latest study on water consumption.
New research has FINALLY come out that puts to rest all of the silly myths about the supposed health benefits of water that have turned Americans into legions of water-bottle-toting hydration zealots.
The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and the conclusion is that there is “simply a lack of evidence in general” that the average person’s health and well-being are affected by extra fluid consumption.
Other popular water myths that bit the dust in the study include the ideas that increased hydration improves organ function, curbs the appetite, and that it increases the quality of skin tone. All of those ideas are total bunk.
Water consumption is, of course, critical to sustaining life. The human body needs a minimum of a pint of water or other fluid each day in order to maintain its basic and essential operations. The rest, as they say, is gravy.
Of course, it’s also important to keep in mind the dangers that excessive water consumption can pose. Not too long ago, I wrote to you about a national news story in which a mother consumed an insane amount of water as part of a radio talk show stunt in an effort to win a new video game system for her kids. The woman died. And while that is an extreme case, I’m sure there are many people out there who compulsively chug down as much of the stuff as possible–and now we know it’s for absolutely no benefit.
According to the report, the only people who actually need to increase their water consumption (and then, only moderately) are athletes, people who live in hot climates, and those with certain diseases. The rest of us? Unless you really enjoy seeing the insides of bathrooms, you can cut back on your water intake.