America by the Numbers
- 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half of the World population)
- In 37% 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%. (You cannot allow the metabolism to slow down and still take off those extra pounds.)
- One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study
- Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
- Preliminary research indicates that drinking enough water for your body weight could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
- 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.
- Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% are less likely to develop bladder cancer.
H2O to the Rescue
Most people fall short of recommendations to drink eight 8-ounces servings a day. However, Americans drink an average of nearly 6 servings a day of caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda. These drinks can actually cause the body to lose water, making proper hydration even more difficult to attain.
Water makes up more than 70% of the body’s tissues and plays a role in nearly every body function from regulating temperature and cushioning joints to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing waste from the body. Severe dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion and kidney function. But on a daily basis, not getting enough water is the # 1 cause of chronic fatigue. For the records, the average 64 oz of water recommended a day is actually not enough for most people, as this calculation is based on 130-Lbs person. The accurate formula to stay properly hydrated is actually ½ your body weight in oz of water per day. So, if you weight 200 Lbs, you need to drink 100 oz of water daily.