So I’ve been having some symptoms lately… nothing serious, but enough to lead me onto the internet looking for some possible causes… a conversation with a good buddy of mine got me thinking specifically on the topic of water, which led me down a path of self-education that startled me… Apparently, I’m so dehydrated that it’s hard to believe I haven’t long since turned into a pile of dust and blown away. I haven’t been drinking near the amount of water that I should be and by the looks of the following (verified) statistics, you might not be either…
To see what minor ailments might be remedied by changing course on this behavior… I’m currently on Day 4 of drinking nothing but water… About 120 fluid ounces of it… morning, noon and night. I can tell you already that my energy level has gone way up… what further benefits await me I look forward to uncovering… in the meantime, it was the following statistics that really made this change a no-brainer… you might want to consider them as well…
- 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- In 37 percent of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
- One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100 percent of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
- Lack of water is the Number 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
- Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80 percent of sufferers.
- A mere 2 percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or on a printed page.
- Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79 percent, and one is 50 percent less likely to develop bladder cancer.
And Now Some Facts About Coke
(These facts apply to all popular soft drinks that contain phosphoric acid such as Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up and Sprite)
- In many states in the USA, highway patrol cars carry two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
- You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
- To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “Real Thing” sit for one hour, then flush it clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
- To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil that has been dipped in Coke.
- To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coke over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
- To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coke to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
- To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run it through a regular cycle. The Coke will help loosen grease stains.
- The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid, which has a pH of 2.8. Phosphoric acid will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. It also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
- To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate), a commercial trucker must use the hazardous material cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
Scary stuff man… food for serious thought. One thing that makes me really happy though is that neither of my kids has ever had a Coke… the little one said “it tastes sour” when he has had a taste… must be all that phosphoric acid… run for the hills babies… I’ll update you on the experiment a ways down the road.