We repeat, water itself is beneficial. The wreckage it causes in our bodies comes from the method of drinking it. When water is consumed in our meals and how.
Bad drinking habits, unfortunately, are often passed on to us by our parents. If, as children, we see a pitcher of water on the table at meal-time, we naturally continue this habit through our adult years. This practice can lead to arthritis, and we later wonder if we inherited the disease. No. We inherited the water fad.
Take a test family of four children, all girls. They grow up, get married, and scatter to their new homes in different parts of the country. They take with them their water habits. If their husbands were not accustomed to seeing water on the dinner table, the men will now be introduced to the water craze.
In the average American home the lady of the house may drink water with breakfast. Her husband does not, but he likes vichy water for luncheon at the restaurant near his office. Their young son drinks water for lunch, instead of milk. Their teenage daughter drinks a glass of water every night before going to bed. She has heard that it is good for the complexion. The whole family is wrong. And they are flirting with arthritis, paving the way to become victims of this dread disease.
How much Water do We Need Daily?
Science tells us our bodies require a cubic centimetre of water for every calorie which our foods produce. Therefore, if you eat a 2,100 calorie diet each day, you need approximately 2,100 cubic centimetres of water. This amount, put into the usual receptacle, is equal to eight glasses of water!
No one would be foolish enough to recommend that you “drown” yourself by drinking eight glasses of water every day. Besides, there is no need to, because other foods contain great quantities of water.
Milk, for example, is 87 per cent, water. Coffee has even a higher percentage. So that arthritics will drink less water, we have prepared a special chart. The figures and foods below will prove to you that you are receiving plenty of water at every meal. Read this helpful list, and use it as a guide:
Foods Percentage of water
Curd cheese 74
Cream cheese 53-3
Cheddar cheese 39
Round steak 67
Corned beef 57
Green peas 74-3
Water melon 92-1
The above listing offers conclusive proof that water can reach our bodies in adequate amounts while we eat. There is never a need to drink eight glasses of water a day on top of all these waterbearing foods. Three glasses—taken well before meals—should be plenty.
Millions of Americans who are now living healthy, normal lives, drink as little as one glass of water daily. They do not become dehydrated, or suffer any ill effects. Remember, too, that saliva, stomach juices, bile, pancreatic, and intestinal juices all have the necessary water to break down your food by natural means. This is accomplished without help from an extra glass of water.
Your body often decides for itself how much water it really needs each day. When it has enough, your system passes off excess liquids. Approximately four and one-half pints of water are eliminated every twenty-four hours. Most of it in the form of urine. Water is also released in your exhaled breath. Or as perspiration through your skin surfaces.