If Water is no Big Deal Then Why do we Die so Fast Without it?


Medically speaking, most doctors agree that healthy humans can go up to eight weeks without food as long as they have plenty of water.

How long can you go without water? Assuming you’re in reasonable shape and in ideal conditions — that is, not in the heat or cold and not exerting yourself, a human can probably live for about 3  days without water.  Healthier humans might live another day or so longer. This isn’t something you should test!  While people may fast or try a body cleanse without food occasionally, you should absolutely never go without water for more than a day.

The  minimum amount of water you should be consuming on a daily basis  is 64 ounces.  That’s the amount you would likely be “prescribed” in an I.V. under hospital care…just enough to keep you alive and to keep your organs from shutting down.  If you want to thrive (and not just survive) then you need to be drinking a whole lot more than 64 ounces.  The good news is that consuming the right kind of water is the easiest wellness protocol on the planet!

There is no such thing as a substitute for water.  “Pitching” people that water is a nonessential fluid is one of the most destructive things in our U.S. culture today.  Nothing replaces the body’s need for lots of water.  In fact, some of the fluids that you opt for instead of a glass of water actually create an even bigger need to consume even more water!

In spite of the fact that you won’t die from the lack of fluids so long as you’re drinking somethinganything…you are most likely chronically dehydrated and inviting disease to take up residence.  You have a whole lot more control over disease than you’ve been lead to believe.  Believe it or not, something as simple as the right kind of water can give your immune system a fighting chance at fending off disease.

If your doctor doesn’t talk to you about the importance of hydration for health and the correlation between dehydration and disease, it’s time to get a new one!

Is the pleasure of your soda, sports drink, energy drink or Starbucks beverage (just to name a few)  worth it to you regardless of the price you’re ultimately paying to drink it?

Don’t answer that.  I get discouraged by ignorance.



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Heavy Drinker? Nah…You Need a Six-Pack a Day!

six packIn my normal course of business I  routinely ask people how much water they drink.  More often than not they’ll respond with “a lot!” but when I really dig deeper  and push for the answer to “how much is a lot?” I find that they aren’t heavy drinkers at all!

In 2011 total bottled water sales in the U.S. hit 9.1 billion gallons.  This equates to 29.2 gallons of water per person… 222 bottles of water for each person in the country or 4 bottles of water for every man, woman and child in America according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.  Sounds like a lot doesn’t it?  Dream on!  You need a six-pack (of HEALTHY water)  a day to keep the doctor away!

When hospitalized, the average adult will be “prescribed” an IV of 64 ounces of fluids per day.  This is the ABSOLUTE minimum needed to maintain hydration in a sedentary state.  Sixty four ounces of fluids each day equates to 182.5 gallons per year.  Naturally if you’re going to move beyond the hospital bed  you’ll need a whole lot more water than 64 ounces to efficiently hydrate the body in motion.

“Americans are drinking more bottled water because they find it convenient, appealing and also healthy,” says Gary Hemphill, who is managing director for information services at Beverage Marketing, and a longtime observer of bottled water and beverage sales in the U.S. and around the world.

I understand why you might find it more convenient to carry a disposable water bottle and I guess I can understand why some of you would actually believe that just because a label mentions some unknown spring somewhere that it actually comes from some exotic place (ha!) BUT I can’t understand how you can ignore the warnings of harmful plastics used as bottles for your water though you’ve been warned over and over again.

Apparently Americans are either too lazy to make healthy changes or grossly addicted to a product that is harmful to their health.  They definitely have more money than they know what to do with if they continue to buy bottled water day after day and year after year in spite of the fact that its doing more harm than good.

If you insist on taking the lazy (unhealthy) way out just keep in mind that you’ll need to drink a six-pack a day to properly hydrate the body…not just that bottle or two a day you’re toting around now like a fashion statement.

Do me one favor.  When we meet and I ask you how much water you drink, tell the truth.  The real answer is “not nearly enough”.

Bottoms up Boomers!



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