The Health Benefits Of Drinking Water
One of the biggest health secrets is the value of drinking water. . .and drinking
enough water each day. Water, is truly everywhere; as a result, most
people take it for granted. Yet a person could live without food for about
a month, but only about a week without water.
The human brain is composed of 95% water; blood is 82% water; the lungs are
nearly 90% water. How important is this composition? A mere 2% drop in
body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and
difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. Mild dehydration
is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. How common a problem
is this? Estimates are that seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic
We have already discussed the benefits of drinking enough water for dieters
or those trying to maintain a healthy body weight. But drinking sufficient
quantities of water daily can also have significant health benefits. For example,
it is well documented that drinking sufficient amounts of water will help reduce
constipation, but most people do not know that drinking eight glasses of water
daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking enough water can
also reduce the risk of bladder cancer (by 50%) and it can potentially even
reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly
ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
The best news about drinking water for health benefits? It’s virtually free.
You can drink more than 4,000 glasses of tap water for the price of a six-pack
Created: 10/21/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.