OK, you’ve heard it a million times and you still don’t do it. Or you take a few sips every few minutes and think you are “hydrating” and that you “drink plenty of water”. WRONG. You should be drinking 1/2 your weight in ozs per day of water: e.g. you weigh 100 lbs = drink 50 ozs of water per day.
Think that is too much?? Not at all.
I was recently reading an article by Ben Benjamin, PhD on the importance of water: ” Water has many functions in the body. It is the medium by which nutrients (from food, supplements) are delivered to tissues and unwanted waste (the beer/wine you drank last night) is carried away. It is also the medium in which all chemical reactions take place within the cells. Water also serves as a cushion and lubricant for our spine and other joints.” (Parentheses are mine)
There’s an excellent book I read some time ago by F. Batmanghelidj, MD called Your Body’s Many Cries for Water. This Dr. treated many common ailments just by having patients drink more water: peptic ulcers, colitis, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back/neck pain, and more.