The Lie I Once Believed About Water

Growing up in the 70s, we lived in a home with a well. The iron content was high and the water smelled like rotten eggs. Needless to say I didn’t enjoy drinking water as a child. However, years later my parents were able to have it corrected and now their well provides the best tasting water I’ve ever had.

I drink a lot of water — so much so that one year I actually went to my family doctor to be tested for diabetes. Thank God I am not diabetic; just a lover of water.

Here in Canada, we take water for granted. We brush our teeth with it, shower with it, make ice-cubes with it and drink it right out of the refrigerator dispenser. But in many countries they don’t have the luxury. This is why I sponsor Water Ambassadors Canada. Water Ambassadors Canada (WAC) is a faith-based, non-profit organization committed to providing clean, safe drinking water to desperately poor people in developing countries. Working with in-country partner organizations, they arrange for teams to go on short-term water mission trips to build and repair wells, install water filtration and chlorination systems, construct bio-sand filters, and teach health and hygiene.

I always knew that water was important to my physical health but I didn’t realize how extremely important it is to the brain. BrainGym(R) includes “drinking water” as an exercise! Water helps to switch the brain on to concentrate and send messages to the rest of the body.

So how much water should we drink? Herein lies the lie. As a former personal trainer, I told my clients that they needed to drink eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon every day.

Whoever came up with this number? Poppycock!

As we are all different, with different exercise patterns, different eating habits and different environments we live in, we each require different amounts of water.

So again you ask, how much water should we drink? The answer is in your toilet.

When you are drinking enough water your urine will be a pale straw yellow colour. It’s that simple.

Don’t worry about measuring out eight 8-ounce glasses everyday. If you haven’t drank enough water your kidneys will let you know as they try to save as much water as they can and cause your urine to be darker in colour.

Cheers to your good health!