Water: Who Needs it? (And how do we get it?)

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But...

Once, when I was in fourth grade, it was so hot outside that I fainted in the school playground. When I came to, they offered me water. I declined. My mother had to be called in to bring me lemonade. That's how much I hate drinking water!

Living With Water... Without drinking a single glass!

It's a well known fact that up to 60% of our body and 70% of our brain is composed of water. Many experts recommend drinking as many as eight glasses of water a day. And yet I've never drunk water. A concerned friend once told me: "Aya, if you don't drink water, you'll die!"

The fact is that there is water in many foods and beverages. There is water in milk, in blood, in fruits and vegetables, and many of the healthiest foods contain large volumes of water.

When someone is dehydrated, he needs to ingest more water, but it is not advisable to correct this problem by drinking pure H2O. Experts will tell you that you need to maintain your electrolytes, and that other nutrients should be present in the liquid you drink.

Drinking too much water in its pure form can drain your body of vitamins and minerals, and guzzling water in great quanitities can lead to water intoxication and death.

In some parts of the world the water supply is not enough or not clean enough for all to drink. People still manage to keep themselves hydrated by eating foods rich in water. You don't need to ingest water in a liquid form. You can eat foods that seem solid, but like our own bodies, are composed primarily of water.

Despite my friend's concern, I am in no danger of dehydration, although I seldom drink water. I did go through an unhealthy phase when I was addicted to Coca-Cola, and I'll admit that wasn't very good for me. But these days I get the majority of my water intake from the foods I eat. I also drink fruit juice mixed with seltzer water.

It is better to get our water intake in the form of natural foods than to eat dry cereal products on the one hand and to supplement what we eat with many glasses of water a day. When the food we eat contains a large percentage of water, we don't overeat, and the water we do take in from fresh fruit and vegetables is mixed with fiber, minerals and vitamins, so we never dilute our other required nutrients by ingesting the water of life.

(c) 2008 Aya Katz

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CarolynRoot 8 years ago from Andrews AFB

Wow! That's definitly an interesting viewpoint. I used to not drink very much water, but now that I'm more faithful in getting my 6-8 glasses a day, my health, skin and energy has improved drastically! Even if you aren't dead, your body functions so much better when it's hydrated! I'm surprised at your opinion, but it is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.


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Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks Author

I think a lot of the effects of drinking water versus getting it from other sources depend on the overall context of your lifestyle. For instance, if you eat primarily dry foods, such as cereal products, then, of course, you have to get water somehow, and drinking those glasses of water becomes essential, because you're already calorie-sated, and it doesn't make sense to eat fruit and vegetables. But if your diet consists of meat, fish and vegetables and fruit, then you don't have to supplement it with a lot of extra water. You've already gotten most of your water supply from the foods you ate. Extra water will deplete you of vitamins and minerals.


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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

great hub and no worries about the comment I do it all the time lol.


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Helen, thanks!


Opinion Duck 7 years ago

Aya

What about the effect of today's food products causing Sodium/Potassium imbalance. Sodium retain water in the body, unless diuretics are taken.

Isn't this imbalance more important than drinking water?


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Opinion Duck, I think it's a good idea to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and meat that has not been cured, and if we do this, we can avoid getting a sodium imbalance.

An occasional highly processed food with high sodium or preservatives is fine, but the majority of our food intake should be fresh, if at all possible.


Opinion Duck 7 years ago

Aya Katz

That would be nice, but it seems like you don't eat fast food or buy processed foods.

Unfortunately, that is the bulk of the food being sold in the country today.

People that work and live in big cities for example, don't have the time or the inclination to shop fresh everyday.

I am curious as to what prompted you to write this hub. Is there a particular group of people that inspired your subject?


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Opinion Duck, occasionally, I will eat fast food, but it's not a habitual thing. I don't have hard and fast rules about this, and as I said, an occasional deviation from the recommendations above is not something to worry about.

I realize that many people live in big cities, and that they stop at fast food joints for refreshments. But there is a free market, so nobody is forced to eat what he doesn't want to. Some fast food joints are adding fresh fruit to their menu, as a response to popular demand. What is available to eat, even in the city, is in some measure a result of what people choose to eat. (I hear bananas are now available at Sonic!)

Most supermarkets, even in urban areas, offer a nice selection of fruit, vegetables and uncooked meat. It's possible to find meals that are easy to prepare that don't require a lot of time in the kitchen.

The reason I wrote this hub is that I noticed a lot of people recommending water as an antidote to unhealthy eating habits, but it seemed to me that the less healthful the food you eat is, the more water you will need to drink, because really good food contains a high percentage of water.


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ngureco 6 years ago

Hello, Aya Katz.

I think this hub has raised a very good question: why do they keep on telling us to drink 8 glasses of water a day when we can drink 8 glasses of tea and coffee?

I do know that very many people believe that you can save money by running your car on water as fuel. Why they believe so is because this has been told to be so by very many people.

Today, drinking water has to be ‘bottled water’ and not ‘tap water’. Today, in my country, bottled water is more expensive per litre than beer. Beer is more expensive than petrol per litre. If bottled water is more expensive than gasoline, and each person is to take eight glasses of water per day, then the ‘future’ is the business of bottled water.

We are told that drinking coffee and tea is different from drinking water because tea and coffee are diuretic – a diuretic being any substance that elevates the rate of urination and thus faster lose of water in the body. We also do know from those who take beer that it is far much easier to drink 8 glasses of beer than to drink 8 glasses of water. Why should this be so?

Now, this brings me to the question: What happened to you when you were addicted to soda - coca cola? I would be very interested to learn more on that as I tend to like coca cola.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Ngureco, thanks for your comment and your very intelligent questions.

The thing that finally made drinking Coca-Cola very harmful to me was not the caffeine but the sweetener. When they switched from sugar to High Fructose Corn Syrup the effect became more pronounced. The caffeine as a stimulant was actually helpful for me. I had childhood asthma, and the caffeine helped keep my air passages clear. But drinking so much HFCS caused me to gain weight, and I think could have led to diabetes, had I not stopped.

Beer has some beneficial properties. It can be an isotonic drink, and in that sense is better for us than water. However, the high alcohol content is not good for us. I recommend low alcohol beers, like the black beer I used to drink in Israel as a child.

http://hubpages.com/food/Black-Beer

You are right that the bottled water industry is a scam designed to make everyone more dependent on outsiders for essentials that should be freely available locally.

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