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Will you be having enough to drink over Christmas?

Will you be having enough to drink over Christmas?

My Doctor gave me this info - it makes interesting reading:

75% of people are chronically dehydrated – this is likely to apply to half the world’s population.

In 37% of people, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

Even mild dehydration will slow down the body’s metabolism by as much as 3%.

In a University of Washington study of dieters, one glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs in almost 100% of the dieters studied.

Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that drinking 8 – 10 glasses of water daily 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 maths, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water a day could decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45% the risk of breast cancer by 79% and the risk of bladder cancer by 50%.

Now, the question is: would you like a glass of water?

Bearing in mind that a few glasses of water are cheap, harmless and side-effect free, and given the symptoms we suffer – pain, fuzziness, fatigue, etc., can any of us afford NOT to give some extra water a try?

I shall be doing this over Christmas, and would like to hear if anyone else tries it and has any improvement.

Can’t hurt to try, can it?

Caution. Drinking more than 10 large glasses of water daily could be harmful to some people as it may disrupt blood chemistry.

7 Replies

Wow, that is really interesting. I for one don't drink enough and very rarely do I feel the need to drink. I often do it because I must.

I am not sure I could manage that much water, but I will defo try and drink more.

Thanks Moffy.

Piggie xxxxxx


Well done, Piggie!

Like you I rarely feel thirsty, and I hate downing a glass of water. I think the secret is to keep a glass at hand and sip constantly - it's amazing how much you can swallow without noticing!

I have been putting a slice of lemon in some sparkling water - that's really nice, and helps it down no end. I am not too keen on squash and cordial because of all the chemicals and sweeteners.

Happy Drinking and Happy Christmas! xxx


depends on the size of your glass!

I drink 2-3 litres a day because of my med's.

I don't always feel thirsty but after all these years, it's second nature.

my friend doesn't drink anything after 9 even if she's out - not good, yet she's hardy ever ill!

sandra :-/


I just ordered a Bosch Filtrino hot & ambient water dispenser as my Xmas pressie from my parents as lifting the kettle is too hard for me now. It holds 2 litres and filters the water so I'm going to know exactly how much I drink and I'll be aiming for the 2 litres. I drink about 5 big mugs of very diluted cordial and tea (not much) now. I'll let you know if increasing my intake helps.


I'm well jealous!

Think I might get one of those with my Crimbo money. Like you, I find the kettle very difficult, and it's a two-hand job to make a cuppa. Looks as though you're drinking an adequate amount already,, unlike most of us.

Hope you enjoy your Xmas pressie!

Love, Moffy x


I went to Majorca in July wen I went my joint pain went down but my muscles and fatigue went up, the last day I calapsed with severe dehydration , symptoms dizziness nausea muscle weakness pain confusion , by the time I made hospital I was very ill soo confused I couldn't answer any question , I just thought as the days went by I did get gradually worse but blamed Fibro , in hospital it was very hard for doc to no how much my Fibro problems were and how much was dehydration , as they are very alike, take care Michelle


Thank you for your topic this is interseting reading.. when I go abroad I drink water all day and feel less pain and my 2013 is to put a new health regime into practice... also I have experienced a marked difference in joint pain after one glass of wine...

Perhaps we could encourage each other to try something new in this fight we have with this dreadful disease,

Happy NewYear toyou all..


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