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Reprinted with permission from ":60 Second Mind/Body Rejuvenation," by Curtis Turchin, New Horizon Press.


In 1999, the University of Washington Nutritional Science Program concluded that many people are chronically dehydrated without knowing it. These researchers conjectured that this could be due to high consumption of caffeinated drinks and alcohol and exercising without replenishing lost fluids. They associated deficiency in fluid intake with cancer, heart disease, and kidney problems. They stated that the minimum water intake for adults should be approximately four to six cups per day. If possible, it is recommended that you drink up to eight to 10 cups of water a day.

The University of Iowa College of Medicine studied almost 800 teachers and found that those who drank less water had more than twice the number of infections than those who drank more water while working.

There is no question that what we drink is of major importance. All our cells are continuously bathed in fluid. With insufficient liquid, our cells dry out and toxins build up, increasing the likelihood of contracting many types of disease.

SO, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Drinking plenty of water is one of the most effective ways of flushing harmful toxins from the body. Pure, fresh water is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Try drinking a cup of water right after, or even with, your next cup of coffee. You will still be able to drink your favorite beverage, but at the same time you will keep your body properly hydrated. Or drink a glass of water twice a day, as if you were taking a medication. Remember, pure water can prevent many diseases and should not be overlooked. However, because coffee apparently does not possess the same healthy characteristics as green or black tea, try to avoid drinking coffee all day long. Instead, have a cup of green tea in the afternoon when you desire a quick pick-me-up. Black tea possesses many of the same benefits as green tea. It may be taken with some milk and will provide a delicious alternative to coffee.

:60 SECOND FLUID-INTAKE SUMMARY

  • Adults should drink a minimum of four to six cups of water a day.
  • Filtering your drinking water is good preventative medicine.
  • Women who drink caffeinated products lose more calcium and should supplement their coffee consumption with a glass of water for every two or three cups of coffee.
  • Try to avoid any beverage containing caffeine in large quantities or late in the day, as it may increase nervousness or the likelihood of insomnia.
  • Medical research is concluding that drinking green tea may actually lower the risks of cancers and some other diseases.
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