We are always told to drink lots of water. We are bombarded with these messages from TV/Radio health programmes, government health propaganda, and advertising from drinks companies.
All this on the basis that our bodies allegedly canât tell us when we are thirsty. Itâs the state interventionist way of saying that âweâ know best and you should carry around a bottle of water so that you donât die and donât end up with wrinkly skin when you get past 45.
Sometimes the interventionist message is the total opposite and they will ban the bottle.
The drink companies pick up on this and use it in their advertising to push their products. Weirdly for something that is natural and all around, the companies have to go out of their way to say that their product is better than the rest. Either because it includes extra sugar or doesnât include sugar (I didnât know H20 included C6H12O6) or many other minerals or ingredients. None of this extra stuff makes the slightest difference to our bodies. Water is water.
Our bodies are miracles of water conservation. It can collect water from a wide variety of sources not just âpureâ water. Did you know that it can collect water from food too. Its amazing how much water some foodstuffs hold. Just cook some rice and see all the water disappear into the rice. Youâre drinking water whilst you eat the rice. So eating a curry with rice goes towards your two litres a day requirement.
In fact our bodies donât need two litres a day. It can be as much as six litres in some very hot dry climates. In the UK, it can be less since we arenât in a hot climate. In fact for office workers who have a cereal with milk and coffee in the morning, some soup at lunch, and a good evening meal along with regular cups of tea/coffee during the day do not need any extra water at all. And extra water to keep your skin wrinkle free doesnât make much difference either.
So free yourself from the bottle.