Friday, November 18, 2011

Doctor Highriser

Years ago in the days of irc, internet relay chat, that is what we did before chat rooms as we now know them, I used to enter a room called 'gay intellectuals' with the sole aim of getting some lively chat happening in an otherwise very dull room. I usually turned the conversation to sex, but in an ever so intellectual way. I would pose theories or sometimes make outrageous statements and stimulate various conversations. Half the people loved my contributions, and the other half hated them. I became bored with it after a while.

But I recall once going off my usual topic and became involved in a conversation about the consumption of drinking water in modern times. I was quickly shot down by intellectuals who knew better than I did. I proposed that we drink too much water and that we are the only animal who drinks water for the sake of it, rather than when we are just thirsty.

For the record, I drink about one litre of Melbourne's best tap water a day. The actual amount depends on the weather, if I have had alcohol the night before and if I think I might need to 'store up' a bit of water. I certainly drink more than what my theory tells me to.

I heard a Sydney medical expert, well specialist of the kidneys I think, whatever they are called, talking on the radio last week. Blow me down, I was right. He simply said, if you are thirsty, drink.

To elaborate, he said that it is the purpose of thirst, to tell you when to drink. A healthy person does not need to drink any more water than enough to satisfy their thirst and there is no benefit in drinking any more. He went on to say that urine should not be clear or even close to clear, but quite yellow.

So there, I was right in what seemed pretty obvious to me. I don't think a litre of water a day is a huge amount and it seems to be about right to satisfy my thirst unless the weather is really hot.

15 comments:

  1. For many years i've only drunk plain tap water when i'm thirsty no matter what the amount or a cup of tea after a meal. Don't like the bottled water it just doesn't measure up to plain tap water for natural taste :-).

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  2. They are nephrologists. I do the website for their professional association.

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  3. I always thought the same as you Andrew, and always saw the drink more water thing as a ploy for bottled water. However, where I live you simply don't drink the tap water unless you want to spend a great deal of time in your bathroom, and so bottled water has become the norm here.

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  4. I only take extra water with me on my day-long walks through the bush in warm weather.

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  5. Windsmoke, bottled water is too pure. I like the chems in our water supply.

    Ok Tony. Not heard the word. Sounds a bit evil actually.

    I am surprised you don't have a clean water supply Rubye. I reckon your theory about bottled water companies pushing the drink more might be hitting the mark.

    So much walking Ro, you'll be getting boy muscles in your legs.

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  6. I'd never make a good camel. I can be thirsty a hundred times a day (and no I am not diabetic; at least not yet)

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  7. Well Victor, thirsty, you drink and I assume you do.

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  8. I've been quietly (HHMMmm.. maybe not so quiet!!) amused for years by the amount of bottled water that is carried around and consumed. Maybe they're thirsty from carrying the extra weight around? I suspect a research payoff by the bottled water companies ... but then I always was a bit of a conspiracy theorist!

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  9. One school of thought has it that staying hydrated [however much or little water it takes to do that] will stave off headaches, and stop the kids from bickering so much in the back seat of a car on the hume hwy. Another school of thought is that excessive drinking will flush vital salts and minerals from your body [perhaps thus causing urine to lose its colour].
    Plastic drink bottles come with a free drink of water. Then you simply fill them at taps. Like I did before I went to a work lunch one day. Put my bottle down, turned around for a second and some cheap mongrel had nicked it. If I'd known, I would have spit in it first. As drinking water is free in most pub-pubs, I guess they just wanted the bottle.

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  10. Yep Red, as Rubye suggested, there are vested interests in making us drink more water.

    FruitCake, I think the point was that if you drink when you thirsty, you remain hydrated. Very interesting theory about flushing out salts and minerals. I have not heard of that and it sounds plausible. I too refill a water bottle, until R tells me things are growing around the cap thread and I must get a new one. I would never steal a water bottle, lest it be like my own.

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  11. I've heard both...it's good to drink tons of water. It's not good to drink too much water.

    I did think pee was supposed to be clear. Thanks for clearing (ha) that up for me.

    I think it's awesome you were vindicated. It's nice knowing you're right after being told by a gang that you're wrong.

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  12. Yep, I drink at least a litre, depending on the weather, of our tap water. I tell my patients that their pee should be like apple juice, just don't drink it... the pee, not the apple juice, lol

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  13. Dina, I never thought it could be harmful to drink a lot of water, but if what FruitCake suggested is true, then perhaps you can drink too much.

    Cazzie, we wouldn't want any mix ups on the beside table, would we.

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  14. I always have a bottle of water with me, freshly filled up from the kitchen tap. I too only drink when I'm thirsty, I'll be damned if I'm going to spend all day looking for public toilets when I'm out on home visits!!

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  15. Then there are those who have a diuretic in their medicines. Extra problem looking for public toilets.

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