We cleanse the outside of our bodies on a regular basis but do we clean the inside enough? Do we drink enough water?
In fact, according to a recent poll, we are drinking less than half the recommended daily intake of water despite the benefits to health. The poll found that on average people were drinking 3.9 glasses of water per day which fell well short of the 6.5 glasses people thought they should aim to drink and the eight glasses recommended.
Health experts warn that dehydration can contribute to illness such as heart disease as well as damage the kidneys and cause headaches. Despite their seeming unwillingness to drink enough water people questioned were aware of the benefits to their health.
Drinking more water is thought to reduce damage to kidneys, fewer headaches, lower blood pressure, and much more. It can also lead to better hair and skin, gives more energy.
Dehydration has been linked to many problems suffered by elderly people.Despite this, those aged over-55 were found to drink the least amount of water - averaging just over three glasses a day. Asked how they felt about drinking water, 56% thought it was refreshing and thirst-quenching, 28% thought it was boring and 24% said it had an unpleasant taste.
Drinking water for health as well as refreshment should be part of the help-yourself revolution to give everyone the potential for a better life.
However, what about the claims for drinking wine?
Researchers report that a natural substance found in red wine, known as resveratrol, may offset the bad effects of a high-calorie diet. Implying that very large daily doses of resveratrol could offset the unhealthy, high-calorie diet thought to underlie the rising toll of obesity in the United States and elsewhere.
Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes and in red wine and is conjectured to be a partial explanation for the French paradox. French people enjoy a high-fat diet yet suffer less heart disease than Americans.
Scientists have long known that a moderate intake of alcohol, and red wine in particular, is associated with a lowered risk of heart disease and other benefits. More recently, scientists began to suspect resveratrol had particularly powerful effects and began investigating its role in lifespan.
Information about resveratrol's effects on human metabolism should be available a year or so. Therefore, having another glass of pinot noir is has far as it should be taken right now.
However, nothing is proven so it is best to stick to limited amounts of red wine otherwise the bad effects may become more prominent.
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