Does anybody know whether there’s any truth to this?


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I’m curious.  It seems a pretty easy thing to do, but does it really have the promised benefits?  Anybody out there with a background in the health sciences who might know?



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  • Dan McClellan

    Doesn’t sound right to me, and Snopes has a lengthy entry saying it’s false:

    • Rozann

      Snopes has been proven to lie, omit important truths, and just plain get things wrong. I do not trust that site anymore.

  • Rozann

    It is consistent with what I’ve read in health and nutrition books. Plus, my Nana (1887-1969) advocated drinking a glass of water upon arising in the morning to get all the systems lubricated andworking. She had studied nutrition for a long time in order to keep her family of 15 children healthy on a very small income. Most people are mildly dehydrated and need to drink more water (or other clear fluid). Headaches and lethargy are symptoms of dehydration, as are constipation and muscle cramps. A person should have as many ounces as half their body weight, in water each day. Urine should be very pale yellow to clear, most of the time.

  • Christopher Theiss

    Water is good; dehydration bad. Must be true, “It’s on the Internet.”

  • Ed Ludeman

    I have heard the second one in the list from several sources. The timing of when you drink water has had a proven effect on other bodily/cellular activities. For example, drinking water a couple of hours before exercise will help cell processes and allow your body’s cooling system to work more efficiently. As for the others in the list I have no idea.

  • Nate

    This is flawed for at least one reason: it doesn’t give a standard size for “glass.”

    But more specifically, internal, and external, organs are activated by the central nervous system in proportion to the body’s need for their specific functions. Water is necessary to hydrolysis reactions, which is the type of reaction used to break large, complex molecules into smaller, simple molecules in processes like digestion. Blood pressure will lower in the shower due to the heat causing more capillary beds to open up. That’s also why we often feel lightheaded after standing up from a hot bath. And inasmuch as adequate hydration means an adequate water to other blood components ratio, the risk of clotting due to “over-thick” blood is technically lessened.

    That said, these seem like overstatements, oversimplifications, and over generalizations rather than incontrovertible, evidence-based health practices. And we should never forget that, in many cases, water kills, and should, therefore, be a highly regulated chemical, per

  • Thad Gillespie

    My MO is to ignore anything that looks like it gets passed around in email forwards from the proverbial “Uncle Morty.” If you want me to believe it, send me a link to the article in “Nature” or “The Lancet.” I’ll even accept a link to the NY Times.

    • danpeterson

      I was following you until that last line. You would trust the New York Times over Uncle Morty? Seriously?