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Do 8 Glasses A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 3:47 PM EST
Category: On The Road
Tags: Hydration, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Defective and Dangerous Products, Toxic Substances

Does 8 glasses of water a day keep the doctor away?  No say researchers, it seems to be a myth.

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You’ve heard the recommendation ad nauseum– drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated!

Now researchers say “never mind”.

The University of Pennsylvania researchers reviewed all the science on staying hydrated by drinking lots of water.

Their conclusion- if you are an athlete, have certain diseases or live in hot, dry climates, you might need to increase your fluid intake.  Otherwise more water does not translate to better health and apparently is lacking in any scientific basis.

Water is supposed to

  • Minimize headaches from dehydration
  • Improve skin tone
  • Remove toxins
  • Make one less hungry

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania told Reuters, “Our bottom line was that there was no real good science -- or much science at all -- behind these claims, that they represent probably folklore," Goldfarb said.

Water helping you excrete toxins was not verified by any scientific study since kidneys do the job regardless of how much water you consumer.

There are no studies about skin tone and headaches, though anecdotal evidence would back up both claims.

The good news is if you want to keep your appetite suppressed, drinking water does not seem to do any harm and if it makes you feel better keep doing it researchers said.   

The literature review by Drs. Dan Negoianu and Goldfarb reveals that there is no clear evidence of benefit to increasing water intake. On the other hand, no clear evidence exists of a lack of benefit. “There is simply a lack of evidence in general,” they explain in a press release from ASN.

This might be a good time to cut back on water consumption.

A recent Associated Press investigation reveals that hundreds of drugs are making their way into our drinking water from sedatives, to angina medication, mood stabilizers, drugs for high cholesterol, asthma, mental illness, epilepsy and sex hormones found in the water of 41 million Americans.

How much water do you need every day?  Ideally you need to replenish what you lose about a quart and a half. That translates to four to six glasses.

Bottom line says researchers - If you’re thirsty drink- if you’re not- don’t. Just watch out for drinking too much or too little.

The work is published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.


4 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Joe
Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:28 AM EST

This article is total BS. The author takes the tone that water does not have health benifits, when the study clearly states that simply no evidence to support that. The study doesn't disprove that water has health benifits. It is pretty much a study that recomends the subject be properly studied. Then the final comment regaurding drugs in water is rediculous. If you have read abouth that subject, you would know that very small trace amounts of dugs have made it into tapwater, which is too small to have any effect. Get your facts write and start reporting, not creating interesting headlines that are misleading because they are meant to get attention.

Anonymous User
Posted by NB
Thursday, April 03, 2008 8:58 AM EST

Interesting comment, Joe. I agree with the first part of your comment regarding the tone of the article. As an athlete, personal trainer, and one who is intelligent enough to do his own research, the denial of the health benefits of water is absurd. In addition, required water intake varies depending on the level of activity, climate, and diet of each individual. Also, drinking when you are thirsty can be difficult proposition for many as the physical manifestations of thirst and hunger are very similar (i.e. one may think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty). With regards to the drugs found in the water, this statement is well-founded and has severe implications to the health of the American public. I see that you have done some reading on the subject and I suggest that you now do more.

Anonymous User
Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, April 03, 2008 8:38 PM EST

Actually Joe, I was kind. The researchers were saying far worse things about the natural health community than I care to add in any reports. Just because they can't measure it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I've never understood the "Medicine hasn't been able to confirm that, therefore it doesn't exist" POV. I still drink water and a good deal of it. Finding the cleanest water possible will continue to be a monumental challenge worldwide, IMHO. Thanks
JA

Posted by Brad Hamilton
Friday, April 04, 2008 12:41 AM EST

My wife told me about this article and I had to write in because this doctor is a farce. Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania says, "If you want to throw away your water bottle, feel free to do so." There is a lot of scientific evidence.

I wouldn’t believe anything he says. Please go to LINK and read about this. Every disease that is known to man has been help by water. Our bodies are 80% water and when our body does not have enough water the first signs of dehydration are acid reflux and constipation. Over time dehydration, acidosis and free radicals cause disease.

Sounds like he gave up being a doctor that truly helped people to get well and stay well.

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