Shocker: You DON’T need a half gallon of Water each day

For many years now, water has been one of the most profitable markets in the beverage industry. However, that enviable perch may be in danger if this new study is true.


If you can’t stomach the thought of guzzling down eight glasses of water every single day, here’s some good news: You’re off the hook, more health experts are saying.

A new editorial in an Australian public health journal is the latest to bust the widely-repeated health myth we need to guzzle 64 ounces, or eight 8-ounce glasses, of water each day just to stave off dehydration. Actually, we get enough fluids to keep our bodies adequately hydrated from the foods we eat and the beverages we drink — even from caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea.

Turns out, the whole “eight glasses a day” thing “really is no longer the recommendation; the recommendation is drinking to thirst,” explains Madelyn Fernstrom, a board-certified nutrition specialist and TODAY’s diet and nutrition editor.

Drink when you’re thirsty! What a novel idea.

I’ve never consumed eight 8-ounce glasses of water in a day, possibly ever. My logic is pretty simple: how many of us have observed our co-workers going through water like they just spent the last 6 months in the Mojave? They don’t seem to be any healthier than WE are.

Or someone who always eats their half-a-dozen donuts and a bag of chips with a tall glass of water, ’cause that evens things out?


Like the study says, I only drink water when I’m thirsty. So far I haven’t been rushed to the ER due to dehydration; so far, so good, I say.

Please note that the authors of this study included coffee in their list. Much to my wife’s chagrin, I have long maintained that I like water as much as the next guy: I simply prefer it heated, and poured over coffee beans. Looks like my coffee habit now makes me a health nut. Who knew?

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Last summer, a paper published in the British Medical Journal grabbed headlines when it called the myth “nonsense” — thoroughly debunked nonsense,” for that matter, citing reports in 2002 and 2006 that couldn’t find any “clear evidence from drinking increased amounts of water.”

Yet the myth sticks around, likely because people have made a lot of money off the idea that we’re all on the precipice of dehydration. (And we’re definitely not — government research on more than 15,000 people in 50 states show that over three years, the average American ingested 75 ounces of water a day, Carroll points out.)

“(B)ottled water and the entire health culture around drinking more water have been very lucrative,” Vreeman explains. “Certainly, your body needs fluids and water is a healthy choice to meet those fluid needs, but many of us spend a lot of money, effort and guilt on forcing ourselves to drink more water than we really need.”

The primary beneficiary of this fascination with drinking water all day long has been the bottled water industry, and so they will likely be the ones who’ll try to debunk the debunking, or just ignore this study altogether. You have to hand it to them: the bottled water industry has possibly the best PR team ever. How else do you explain charging confiscatory rates for something that falls, free, from the sky? They’ve even convinced consumers to have developed loyalty to different brands of bottled water, which is stunning to me. Brand loyalty to WATER?

These guys are scary good.

Of course, when you can come up with a commercial as memorable as this one was, as far as I’m concerned, you deserve your success:

16 responses to “Shocker: You DON’T need a half gallon of Water each day

  1. DIET Coke/Pepsi, Snickers candy bar….that how I even things out. Lol
    ~~Mrs. P

  2. “Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips!”

    • “…And we would especially like to welcome all the representatives of Illinois’s law enforcement community that have chosen to join us here in the Palace Hotel Ballroom at this time…”

  3. I, too, had heard that other beverages count.

    (…and the cheers go up from the Starbucks across the nation…).

  4. Gen.Jack Ripper: Mandrake?
    Group Captina Lionel Mandrake: Yes, Jack?
    Ripper: Have you ever seen a Commie drink a glass of water?
    Mandrake: Well, I can’t say I have, Jack.
    Ripper: Vodka, that’s what they drink, isn’t it? Never water?
    Mandrake: Well, I—I believe that’s what they drink, Jack, yes.
    Ripper: On no account will a Commie ever drink water, and not without good reason.
    Mandrake: Oh, eh, yes. I, um, can’t quite see what you’re getting at, Jack.
    Ripper: Water, that’s what I’m getting at, water. Mandrake, water is the source of all life. Seven-tenths of this Earth’s surface is water. Why, do you realize that 70 percent of you is water?
    Mandrake: Good Lord!
    Ripper: And as human beings, you and I need fresh, pure water to replenish our precious bodily fluids.
    Mandrake: Yes. (he begins to chuckle nervously)
    Ripper: Are you beginning to understand?
    Mandrake: Yes. (more laughter)
    Ripper: Mandrake. Mandrake, have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure grain alcohol?
    Mandrake: Well, it did occur to me, Jack, yes.
    Ripper: Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation? Fluoridation of water?
    Mandrake: Uh? Yes, I…I’ve heard of that, Jack, yes. Yes.
    Ripper: Well, do you know what it is?
    Mandrake: No, no I don’t know what it is, no.
    Ripper: Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face? Do you know that, in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake! Childrens’ ice cream!
    You know when fluoridation first began? 1946. 1946, Mandrake! How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It’s incredibly obvious, isn’t it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That’s the way your hard-core Commie works.
    Mandrake: Do I look all rancid and clotted? You look at me, Jack, eh? Look, eh? And I drink a lot of water, you know. I’m what you might call a water man, Jack—that’s what I am. And I can swear to you, my boy, swear to you, that there’s nothing wrong with my bodily fluids. Not a thing,Jackie.

    Like Group Capt. Mandrake, I’m what you might call a water man. Been drinking at least 1/2 a gallon a day—usually more—for years. I don’t know that it makes much difference one way or the other, but it did give me a chance to trot out a HUGE piece of dialogue from one my favorite movies of all time.

    If you actually made it this far, thanks! I raise a glass of water to salute your persistence.

  5. One thing about drinking a lot of water…it helps to keep down Kidney Stones. DAMHIKT 😉 I still don’t drink enough pure water…it has to have some flavor to it, either as Coffee or as Lemonade.

  6. I KNEW it! If something’s being pushed as “healthy,” there’s usually a lie tucked away in it somewhere. They lost me at garlic being a carcinogen. I’ll ask the Lord to bless my food, and leave it in His hands from there!


    • Thanks so much for the comment, LBH!
      And I’m with you: stick with moderation in all things, and trust in God for everything else. 😉

      It’s funny: I wrote this post a year ago, and it keeps getting hits. Just curious: how’d you happen to come across it? Just trying to figure out where the traffic seems to be originating….

      Thanks so much…

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