With water so plentiful around us, usually people question
only the quality of water. Hardly anyone asks you seriously, whether you think
you drink ENOUGH water. They ask, instead, what TYPE of water you drink, if
they ask at all. Typically, the people who ask what type of water you drink
have some sort of a water filter to sell.
I’m not selling water filters!
You can find many sources of information about the dangers
of chlorine in our water, or the evils of fluoridation. There are, even, other
cancer-causing agents added to our water by those who care less for your health
than for their profit.
That is NOT the subject in this Viewpoint. I am
writing about why you should drink more water than you are! I included some
sixty pages about WATER in a Book I wrote -- about heart disease! You might ask
why is there a Section of that Book about the importance of drinking more
The answer is intriguing!
One reason is that you can prevent, even reverse, symptoms
of heart disease with water alone!
That seems such a preposterous statement that I waited
until I’d already written 200+ pages in that Book to spring it on the reader.
YOU are getting that statement on this FIRST page. It does sound incredible,
but hang on because by the end of these few pages I think you’ll have such a
new understanding of water that you will see how, in fact, drinking more water
can reduce the chances of your having a stroke or heart attack!
You need not worry much about the quality of water until
you are drinking as much as your body needs to stay healthy. That’s why it’s
the wrong question (What type of water should I drink?). When you spend
time on worrying about what type of water to drink and you don’t know how much
you should drink and why, you are, indeed, putting the cart before the horse.
Yes, I’m claiming, even without knowing you personally,
that you are not drinking enough water every day to keep healthy – I’m claiming
that whatever health problems you may have, and no matter what OTHER source
they may have, fundamental to all of them is that your body is trying to
operate with less water intake than it needs and wants.
That is the subject of this Viewpoint!
Much Water Should You Drink?
So, how much do I think you SHOULD be drinking? Ten or more
glasses per day!
Let’s start with a simple definition of a "glass
of water." That’s about eight ounces. It should be considered
"plain," not flavored or with fizzy bubbles. Coca Cola is NOT
water. Actually, when you drink Coke or any soda drink, or coffee, or
tea, you THINK you are getting a lot of water into your body. It seems true.
But the real truth is that the other ingredients in these
beverages are often harmful to the body, and, whether harmful or not, virtually
all beverages increase the body’s need for water by MORE than the water taken
in as part of these beverages.
Thus, it takes MORE than one glass of plain water to
provide what the body needs to handle one glass of Coke!
So, now that we are measuring in regular 8-ounce glasses
of plain water, how would my recommendation of 10 glasses per day stack up?
I’ve done surveys. Here are the results:
There will be about
10% who never drink one plain glass of water during the day. They have
justifications, such as the orange juice, beer, coffee or milk they drink.
These people are in deep trouble! There will be about 30% who drink one or two
glasses per day. There are about 40% who drink from three to five glasses per
day – water, not other beverages. There will be about 15% who drink six to nine
glasses per day. There will be about 5% who drink ten or more glasses per day.
You’d find, if you looked at the people in these various
categories, that those groups drinking the most water have the least illness.
You’d find those 40% of all people, drinking three or less
glasses per day, take about 75% of all the drugs and medications of the entire US
population! Yes, most of the drugs, most of the illness, attach to the vast
majority of people -- drinking less than three plain glasses of water per day.
People on welfare drink much less water than affluent
people. Surely is not because water is more plentiful in rich people’s homes!
& Illness - Increase Your Need Of Water!
Drugs, too, greatly increase the body’s need for plain
Almost every illness you have increases the body’s need
Now, I’ve not even started explaining WHY this is true, or
what goes on inside the body when you don’t have enough water, but I wanted to
get your attention.
People who drink three or less glasses of water per day
tend to be much more overweight than those drinking ten or more!
If you took a group of 100 people, each of them drinking
less than three glasses of water per day, you’d find many of those people with
serious medical problems.
If you took another group, people each drinking ten or
more glasses of water per day, the percentage of THEM having serious medical
problems would be very much lower!
Does Not Cure Disease – Quite!
I’m not saying that water cures disease. I am
saying that when you get ill, for any reason, the body’s need for water
increases AND your inclination often is to actually drink less water. If I
could get you to change this one attitude about water, I would have done my
miracle for the week! If, after reading this Viewpoint, you decide to
give water a try, I think you’ll become a believer! You can do this without a
doctor’s advice! Really!
This last point is one often missed in "self
care." We are often too prone to depend on so-called experts, and doubt
our own good sense. Hardly any doctor would ever disagree with your drinking
more water – BUT, hardly any doctor would ever go out of his way to insist that
And most doctors don’t even know the important data about
the role of water in the body. You’ll
see, after reading this Viewpoint, and applying some simple tests in
your own life, how you can determine whether or not YOU need to drink more
water. You’ll be able to figure out, also, how much water YOU should drink.
Don’t You Already Know This Data?
Once you understand the data in this Viewpoint you
will realize that there is virtually NO traditional doctor who would benefit
financially from encouraging you to follow the suggestions here.
Heart disease kills more people than any other disease.
People see their doctors about heart-related problems very often. You may not
know it, but there are very rote, government-promoted techniques of handling
people with the symptoms of heart disease.
The sequence is simple. The doctor says: Improve your
diet and lose weight. They know it won’t help much to tell you that, and
they know very few people will benefit even if they do it. Next, if you are a failed
dieter, they suggest group therapy! They know, for sure, that
won’t help, but they are trying hard to make you feel guilty so that when,
finally, you have failed at their "sensible" suggestions, you’ll be
ready to cave in to the drug.
Next, they get into the money. They recommend drugs – Mevacor
for the rest of your life, at a tidy $125 per month. If that doesn’t work, and
you have enough "health" insurance, they get you with by-pass
Water, drinking enough, could greatly reduce the need for
these foolish treatments.
But, the doctor doesn’t suggest water, he suggests drugs.
So, reluctantly, you give up on the "natural way" and accept the
doctor’s recommendation for pills. You start on the drugged route to health!
Unfortunately, there isn’t any way you can get there on that road.
So, don’t be surprised that the information you are
reading here has not been offered to you before.
The first thing to know about water in the body is that
there is a lot of it. In fact the body is about 75% water and 25% solid
materials. When we consider "blood," we may not think of that as
mostly water, but it is. More than 90% of the blood is simple water.
There is also another entire system of another liquid in
the body – called the lymph system – again virtually 100% water. The
lymph moves around inside the body carrying away toxins from places they
shouldn’t be at.
Almost any reference book you look at will describe water
in the body as the stuff that dissolves and carries the really important things
Here, for instance, is a typical quote:
Water dissolves and
transports other nutrients throughout the body, aiding the processes of
digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion. It helps regulate body
If that were all, or even the most important thing, that
water does in the body, I’d have nothing to write about here.
The above statement is true, but it represents about 10%
of the truth! I won’t have room for the full story on what water REALLY does in
your body, but you can get more of that in my Book!
For instance, the energy created and stored in cells of
your body comes from the physical passage of water into and out of the cell. If
you have enough water (blood) in your body, the normal pressure in the arteries
is HIGHER than it is inside the cells within the blood stream. This means there
is a constant tendency for liquid to push inward – into the blood cell. As
liquid moves into the cell, it moves through a small turbine-like generator
that manufactures electrical energy which is used for running the cell. Some of
that energy is used to pump the liquid, now carrying the waste products of the
cell, back out into the blood stream.
If you don’t have enough water in your diet, you actually
have less blood in your body than you need, and the differential pressure,
inside versus outside the cells in the blood stream, is less. That means there
is LESS pressure pushing into the cell, and therefore there is LESS electrical
energy being created.
Very few people know that the energy created by the cell
is NOT created by some little furnace burning food, but by those electrical
generators (turbines) being activated by the physical passage of water through
This is just one of the very important functions of water
in the body. If you don’t have enough water, you don’t have enough blood, and
you will not have as much energy as you would otherwise have!
Sensation Is Common but False
Virtually everyone has experienced the sensation of
hunger, or thinks he has. Consider the gargantuan consequences of the
possibility that the sensation you think is "hunger," is very often
not actually the body’s need for food, but the body’s need for water!
Some people have never experienced the classically defined
sensation of "thirst," and most people experience that
sensation very seldom. Here is a standard dictionary definition of "thirst."
A sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat related to
a need or desire to drink.
That definition is very incomplete and can be the source
of a great deal of illness! Isn’t that something! To claim that a simple
dictionary definition is the source of illness!
Let’s look further.
You thrive on sensations – you love ‘em! Sensation is what
you get paid in. You think you get paid with money? Well, money is mostly used
to buy sensations.
The most valuable sensations most people seek are related
to food and sex.
You respond to need sensations by eating and
drinking. The body rewards you for this good behavior by giving back to you pleasure
Here’s where the villain enters this picture. Picture a
body whose messages on sensation are all screwed up. In this example when the
body really needs water, it sends out a message which you perceive as one of
hunger you feed the body some food. You get some immediate enjoyment from the
taste and the social surroundings, but if your body really needs water, food is
not often a very good source for it.
So, the body, realizing that it did not get the water it
needed, sends out an even stronger message for more water. You perceive it as a
sensation of more hunger and aggravate the problem by eating more food when the
body simply needed water. You sure can get fat this way!
After you’ve been drinking adequate water for several days
you’ll begin to regain your lost TRUE sensation of thirst – a slightly
unpleasant metallic taste in the mouth.
You’ll also find that if you do feel hungry, and drink
water first, very often the hunger sensation will mysteriously disappear!
You see, it really wasn’t hunger at all – but thirst. Food
does NOT satisfy the need for water. Water will very often satisfy your sensation
an Experiment for You to Try
Now, back to the dry mouth perception; I can give you an
experiment to try that will make a believer of you. You start, probably, with a
belief that the dry mouth perception means that you are badly in need of more
water in your body.
Not quite true.
What is true is that the dry mouth condition is very HIGH
up in the reactions of the body to a lack of water. You are functioning, most
of the time, at a level so far below the dry mouth reaction that you may
never get UP to the level of having a dry mouth.
From this level of dehydration you would have to drink
quite a bit of water to COME UP to the level where you start having a dry
Drink more water for several hours – the best way is to
take a few ounces every thirty minutes or so – so that you are drinking 10 or
more glasses all through the day.
In fact, the best
way to drink water is to carry one of those drinking bottles with you all the
time. Just take sips out of it constantly. Refill that one-quart bottle many
times during the day. Don’t put flavor in it, for goodness sakes. Room
temperature water is best.
Once you’ve been on this level of water intake for a few
hours, you’ll find that if you MISS a drink of water, now, you may experience
the dry mouth reaction.
In other words, when you are pouring far more water into
your body than you normally have been doing, and slow that down slightly (stop
for an hour), your body will react with the dry mouth reaction even though you
have been putting far more water into the body than normal.
That should convince you that your "normal"
water intake had your poor body so dehydrated that it didn’t even have the
energy to create the dry mouth condition. It’s almost like being "below
death!" Can you conceive of a body so ill that death would be an upscale
Could Prevent You From Drinking More Water?
The very natural body demand that you urinate often comes
right along with the behavior of drinking more water.
If you will face this often unsociable act as being so
healthy for you that you spread the word rather than avoid the toilet – you’ll
be far better off.
There will be a few people whose lives are such that they
can’t go to the bathroom very thirty minutes (truck drivers and school
teachers). Well, if you are one of those, I’m sorry for you.
But, the majority of us only have to change our
considerations and simply go to the bathroom more often.
But, recognize this as a sign of good health rather than
an annoyance! Incidentally, you should drink a lot of water JUST before going
to bed. Yes, you will have to get up during the night to pee, and you should
drink more water even during the night.
You will find that you get back to sleep easily and sleep
After all, hardly mentioned here, one of the obvious
benefits of drinking more water is that you are flushing FAR more of those
terrible toxins you have in your body – out.
Your arteries have to be very flexible because the body is
constantly shunting blood to one part, then another part.
When you have food in your stomach, the body sends more
blood toward the stomach. Some of that blood is converted into hydrochloric
acid to help digest your food. Most people would find this sensible, but the related
fact is usually overlooked.
When the body sends more blood toward the stomach, it
reduces the amount of blood in other parts of the body. The control mechanism
is the muscles in the arteries. The body closes down some arteries, and opens
up others, thus regulating the flow of blood where the body thinks it’s needed.
If you don’t have enough water in your body, you won’t
have enough blood, and the body will have to ration water! It will! The Body
will decide, based on its own priorities, where to send the blood.
As those arteries close down, squeezing the blood into
places the body thinks it is needed, the BLOOD PRESSURE in the closed area can
actually become high and unhealthy.
If you had enough water/blood, those arteries wouldn’t
have to close down so much, and the blood pressure wouldn’t be so high.
What an amazing, yet simple, explanation for high blood
The explanation for edema; is it the body’s retention of
water? Just that the body is worried sick about the dehydration and is holding
on to all the water it can.
What does the doctor do? He gives a pill that makes you
pee more. He tells you to drink less fluid! This is exactly the wrong advice! If
you have puffy ankles, drink more water.
When an individual cell feels endangered, by a shortage of
water, guess what it does. It manufactures extra cholesterol.
Yes! Cholesterol is the natural defense mechanism of
individual cells. They create it to thicken their cell walls and protect the
cell against losing the little water it has.
So, you have high cholesterol? Take a drug that increases
your need for water! Stupid!
Instead, drink more water and reduce the need for cells to
manufacture so much extra cholesterol. Then there won’t be that "extra
cholesterol" leaking out of the cell, into the blood stream, to give you a
Oh, there is so much more to this, but you’ve now had a
You can drink more water, and it will reduce the chances
of your having a heart attack, high blood pressure, or a stroke.
It sure won’t cost you much to try, will it!
Yes, amazing but often true! Backaches, arthritis, and
joint pains are very often caused by an accumulation of toxins in the joints.
It’s your lymph system that is supposed to keep these areas clean. Inadequate
water means insufficient lymph, and thus not enough cleansing in those joints.
The body creates pain – trying to wake you up to the
problem. You, too often, put more drugs and food into the body, increasing the
toxic overload, while ignoring the very simple remedy of drinking more water,
increasing the cleansing.
Your Way to Improved Health!
You see that I can’t make a penny trying to sell you
anything with this advice. Yet I believe it will be one of the greatest health
improvements you can make for your body. I would say that distilled water (or
water cleared with a very good filter) with colloidal trace minerals added
would probably be the best type of water to drink.