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    You Say ‘Water’, I Say ‘Snake Oil’

    The beverage industry has always been home to potions that try to provide “added value” (and calories, artificial ingredients, sugars, dyes, and cost) to the very thing most people need to drink more of — water.

    If you thought few things could top the ridiculousness of Coca-Cola and Nestlé’s “calorie-burning” canned drink Enviga (which, thankfully, landed on shelves with a resounding thud in 2007), check out these four “aqua-ceuticals”.

    Warning: this post may cause forceful eye-rolling.

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    Who Said It?

    QuestionMark“Just drinking three liters of water a day… burns 75–100 calories. If you add a little lemon juice to it, which is ascorbic acid, that can speed up your metabolism by 33 percent.”

    Come back on Friday for the identity of this “expert” — and the truth behind this claim.


    You Ask, I Answer: Drinking Fluids During Meals a Bad Idea?

    Pouring Water into GlassAs a bariatric patient, we’re not supposed to drink anything while eating or for a while after.

    It has to do with the “pouch” our surgeries create that help us feel full on small amounts of food, and the drinking flushes the food through meaning we get hungry faster, eat more, etc.

    Anyways… someone said something on a site I’m on about how nobody should be drinking while eating, since even a normal stomach would have a similar reaction.

    Is there any merit to that?

    — Rob (last name withheld)
    (Location unknown)

    None whatsoever.  This is why armchair nutritionists on online message boards should rarely be trusted.

    What you are referring to, Rob, is a condition known as dumping syndrome.

    It’s quite common following bariatric surgery, and occurs when food travels from the stomach to the small intestine much more quickly than it should.

    A small number of exceptions aside, individuals who have not had bariatric surgery do not need to worry about this.

    As I always say, our bodies are very, very smart machines.

    A regular stomach not only acts as a large reservoir of now-liquified broken down food (it can hold roughly 1.5 to 2 quarts!), but also transports that into the small intestine in a controlled fashion thanks to a powerful, ring-shaped muscle known as the pyloric sphincter.

    Bariatric surgery results in the pyloric sphincter being bypassed during digestion, hence the possible complications.


    You Ask, I Answer: Electrolytes & Exercise

    gatorade-20-oz-line-up1I was working out the day before yesterday in the gym.  Ran for about 30 minutes, did my ab sets, cooled down, stretched, put on my fuzzy, went outside and woke up on the ground with people around me.

    I just got real dizzy and went down.  I felt better within about 30 minutes.  I got a nice ambulance ride over to the clinic, where they decided that the problem is I don’t replace my electrolytes.

    I don’t like Gatorade and I prefer plain water, so that is what I drink.  I’m well hydrated, so it’s not simply a matter of not drinking enough.

    I went to the store to track down some stuff to put in my water that will add electrolytes without the sugar and calories.  They all are basically some sodium and a tiny bit of potassium.  Is this right?  Have I got the right stuff?  It just seems like such a small thing.  I have a really good diet and it seems like I should be getting enough of this stuff from what I eat.

    Just for background, I swim four times a week, work out in the gym about 3 times a week.  I drink water all day, and I always have some with me both at the pool and in the gym.

    I’ve lost about 20 pounds since I got here in August.  I don’t have any way to measure my body fat, but I’m still soft and girly, not boney, so I can assure you I’m not in any danger of starving to death.

    Do you have a preferred electrolyte supplement?  Is this something I should even be concerned with?

    — Quinn (last name withheld)
    Baghdad, Iraq

    Since the doctors who treated you specifically mentioned an electrolyte imbalance, I am going to guess you experienced mild hyponatremia.

    Hyponatremia is a condition where the body’s sodium concentration levels are diluted as a result of drinking too much water.

    Although hyponatremia is usually only seen in endurance athletes engaged in long bouts of intense exercise (ie: triathlon competitions), it can also happen in other situations.

    The fact that you “drink water all day” is a bit of a red flag, and here is why:

    Since you exercise often, and live in a part of the world that gets extremely high temperatures (although mainly from May to October), you sweat more than a more sedentary individual who lives in a cooler climate.

    Remember : sweat is mainly a combination of water and two electrolytes — sodium and chloride.

    One of the causes behind hyponatremia is when high amounts of sweat are only replaced with water, and not sufficient sodium.

    In fact, research has shown that a mere two percent of overhydration can result in this condition.

    Also worth keeping in mind — some individuals’ sweat contains higher concentrations of sodium, which can also increase hyponatremia risk.

    The issue here isn’t to increase salt or potassium, but simply to be mindful of excessive fluid intake — both before and during exercise!  By the way, sports drinks contain minimal amounts of sodium that will do absolutely nothing to help prevent this condition.

    Since you mentioned twenty-pound weight loss, I would also recommend keeping track of what you eat for three days and then determine how many average calories, milligrams of sodium, and milligrams of potassium you are getting.

    It may very well be that apart from overhydrating, your diet is not meeting some of these requirements.


    In The News: Water Is In Your Corner

    glass-of-waterThe Montreal Gazzette is sharing the findings of a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — “people who get much of their daily liquids from plain water rather than other drinks tend to have healthier diets overall.”

    More specifically, “people who drank more ‘plain water’ tended to eat more fiber, less sugar and fewer calorie-dense foods.”

    Participants in the health survey — which interviewed 12,283 people over the course of 7 years — who drank high amounts of other beverages, meanwhile, consumed less fiber, more sugar, and more calorie-dense foods.

    Clearly, “other beverages” refers to sugar-laden drinks.

    Makes sense to me.  Apart from the additional calories that sodas, sweetened teas, and other caloric beverages tack on, they pose another problem — cravings.

    A can of soda — diet or otherwise — often makes one crave chips, pizza, and other less-nutritious items.

    Similarly, a bottled coffee or tea beverage — spiked with as much sugar as soda — is more likely to be accompanied by a donut or 500-calorie muffin than yogurt or nuts.

    Keep in mind that while artificial sweeteners are calorie-free, our tastebuds register them as several-hundred-times sweeter than sugar.  They, too, often make us crave high-calorie foods.

    This is why I always recommend that meals be accompanied by water or unsweetened tea to which you can add freshly squeezed lemon juice for a flavor boost.

    For individuals who drink large amounts of soda every day, I recommend “soda pairings”.  In other words — make a list of “soda-friendly” foods and stick to them.

    You may, for instance, declare that you will drink one glass (or can) of soda only when eating pizza, Thai food, and that delicious grilled shrimp salad from the favorite restaurant you visit twice a month.

    If each of these foods is eaten sparingly (no more than twice a month), it will help keep your soda consumption down without making you feel deprived.


    Say What?: Wait, I Thought This Magazine Had The Word “Health” In the Title…

    scoopsMany thanks to Small Bites reader Corey Clark who saw this article on the Men’s Health website and notified me of a few bits of information that didn’t quite add up.

    In his e-mail Corey asked me to read the article and claimed that “it seems okay until tip number 8, but then it gets ridiculous.”

    Does it ever!

    The article — titled “10 Surprising Hydrators” — is based on the recommendations of a Registered Dietitian and promises to unveil ten “alternative ways to hydrate… with fluid-filled foods.”

    In fact, the article goes on to claim that if you consume these foods, “you could, theoretically, never drink a drop of plain ol’ water again.”


    The piece starts out with the standards: skim milk, watermelon, salad greens.

    Then it goes downhill drives off a cliff before exploding into a fireball of nonsense.

    I am still trying to wrap my head around the last three suggestions:

    “#8 (Soda): Yep, you read that right.  [Registered Dietitian Nancy] Clark says that caffeine, sugar, and water combo can make [for] a great post-exercise slug if it’s your beverage of choice.  It doesn’t make a difference if you crack open a diet or a regular.  But add some salty pretzels or a brat to help your body  hold on to the fluid.”

    If I were a cartoon character, you would see my eyes bulge out, my entire face turn red, and then steam come out of both my ears.

    Soda and a bratwurst following a workout?  Did the writers from The Onion hack the Men’s Health website?

    If the intent is to get readers to consume caffeine, sugar, and water after a workout, how about suggesting something that doesn’t leach calcium from bones.  Perhaps an iced unsweetened latte?

    “#9 (Ice Cream): Stop and get yourself a post-workout cup of Phish Food on your way home from the gym.  Ideally, you’ll choose the light version, but in a moment of weakness, you’ll still be hydrating with that frozen fluid.  We’ll take Ben & Jerry’s over a bottle of Dasani any day.”

    You know that feeling you get when you see Kate and Jon (of “Plus 8” fame) on every magazine cover and television show?  That feeling of  “what sort of messed up parallel universe do I live in?”  That’s pretty much the feeling I got after I read that paragraph.

    By the way, that cup of Phish Food adds up to:

    • 560 calories
    • 90% of a day’s worth of saturated fat
    • 9 teaspoons of added sugar

    “# 10 (Beer): Ok, sort of.  The general consensus among trusted nutritionists is that beer is a dehydrator, not a hydrator.  However, Clark says that a Beer Shandy — one part lager to one part lemonade or Sprite — is OK.”

    Let me get this straight.  Beer is a dehydrator, so therefore it is okay to drink after a workout as long as it is mixed with another fluid?

    I am still in shock that a health magazine would encourage readers to consume soda and ice cream after engaging in physical activity.

    That’s akin to me suggesting chocolate ice cream with almonds as a way to get calcium and vitamin E, or a double cheeseburger as a good source of protein.

    I would like to think this is an example of a sloppy reporter completely taking a professional’s advice out of context.


    You Ask, I Answer: Oxygenated Water

    My local health food store now has a pretty big display case for a brand of oxygenated water.

    It’s supposed to have 25 times more oxygen than regular water and help with energy levels, cellular health, and endurance.

    One of the company’s pamphlets also said that since a lot of bacteria and pathogens are anaerobic, having lots of oxygen in your blood would prevent you from getting sick.

    This was all new to me, I had never heard any of it before.

    What do you think?

    — Jessica Deanly
    New York, NY

    What do I think? I think I will never cease to be amazed by the amount of nutrition-related quackery out there.

    The concept of oxygenated water — and its supposed health benefits — is absolutely ludicrous.

    Taking in more oxygen via bottled water accomplishes nothing other than provide expensive burps.

    The only way oxygen gets into our bloodstream is through the lungs.

    Oxygenated water, on the other hand, ends up in the small intestine, an organ that does not absorb oxygen — much less carry it to the blood.

    Besides, even if a company managed to inject lots of free-floating oxygen into their water, all of it would escape the second you unscrewed the cap!

    In 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association addressed this issue and summed up the research showing that all claims regarding oxygenated water are completely unsubstantiated.

    Please do not spend your hard-earned money on this.  Remember, deep breaths are free!


    You Ask, I Answer: Seltzer Water

    I have a question regarding soda water and sparkling water: Is it as hydrating as regular water?

    I’ve never been a fan of carbonated beverages until I started drinking sparkling water and soda water.

    I work in a restaurant so it’s usually soda water out of the bar gun, or occassionally San Pellegrino.

    I drink water thoughout the day and was wondering if there are any negative effects to drinking 12-24 ounces of soda water each day.

    — Sue (last name withheld)
    Seattle, WA

    None whatsoever.

    I don’t see a single problem with enjoying up to 24 ounces of soda water each day.

    Well, I suppose I could see it as a potentially problematic mealtime beverage for someone who is very much below their desirable body weight and might eat less food as a result of feeling bloated from the carbonation.

    But, as far as everyone else is concerned, it’s an A+ choice.

    After all, it’s calorie (and sugar) free and, for many people, provides the little kick they feel is missing from standard tap or bottled water.

    I’m especially a fan of flavored seltzers, since they provide fizziness and fruity flavor without sugar or artificial sweeteners found in diet soft drinks (think aspartame, Splenda, and acefulsate potassium).

    And, yes, seltzer is just as hydrating as still water. So, sip to your heart’s content!


    Real Women, Real Misinformation

    Time to scan through the celebrity magazines — and get into my zen “irritability rolls off my back” mode — to see what they’re saying about nutrition.

    This time, I turn my attention to People Magazine’s June 2 issue, which contains a feature on five “normal women” who each lost 100 – or more — pounds.

    Jessica, 22, has been on Slimfast for almost three years.

    Alright, first problem. The Slimfast plan – two shakes a day plus dinner and small snacks – doesn’t teach many nutrition principles; it simply restricts calories.

    I don’t necessarily have a problem with it in a “need to shed five pounds quickly” short-term situation, but three years drinking that twice a day?

    What is Jessica supposed to do when she lunch or brunch with friends? Take a can of Slimfast with her?

    And whatever happened to variety?

    Then there’s Nichole, who “eats [a can of tuna] as a protein boost on her way to the gym.”

    By the way, the article has the above quote aside as an “FYI,” almost a recommendation for readers.

    Except there is no need for a “protein boost” on your way to the gym.

    If you choose to have a pre-workout snack, it should be approximately 2 hours before exerciseing, and should consist of low-calorie, easy to digest carbohydrates (think a piece of fruit).

    The body does not use protein for energy unless it is in a severely critical situation, so that can of tuna serves no value as a pre-workout snack.

    Nichole also claims to carry a 3-liter jug of water with her. That volume of water is absolutely excessive and results in nothing but extraneous urination.

    While we’re on the topic of water, let’s talk about the most disturbing comment of the piece, courtesy of Katherine, who claims to resorts to water to fill up her stomach if it growls after she has finished a meal.

    It is one thing to satisfy hunger with low calorie snacks, but downing glasses of water when the body is craving calories is not a wise – or healthy – idea.

    Finally, there’s Kim, who has replaced her old dessert – a bowl of ice cream with brownies — with “sugar-free Jell-O with a tablespoon of fat-free whipped cream.”

    Although her customary dessert certainly needed a makeunder, I am not too happy with her new choice.

    The “diet-friendly” dessert provides no fat, fiber, or protein. In other words, it’s just not satisfying or filling.

    I also don’t approve of the synthetic nature of it all. It’s practically a Franken-snack.

    I would suggest having an actual piece of fruit or a cup of fat-free or low-fat yogurt sprinkled with ground flaxseed meal.

    The two “desserts” I just mentioned provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients not present in sugar-free gelatin or fat-free whipped cream.

    Although I commend these women on achieving their health goals, I can’t say I condone some of their methods.

    What bothers me most is that People appears to use these women as an example and, by doing so, gets some major nutrition points confused.

    If these magazines want to start featuring pieces on weight loss and management, I strongly suggest they form a nutrition advisory board consisting of registered dietitians and medical professionals so as to ensure that readers are getting valid information.


    You Ask, I Answer: Drinking Water With Meals

    I have been debating whether to drink water with my meals, or only in between.

    I heard that in Asia and Europe, it is believed that drinking water with meals can dilute your digestive acids.

    Is this true?

    — Jane (last name withheld)
    Waltham, MA

    This is a nutrition issue that often gets misunderstood.

    Although I can’t say I am familiar with traditional eating habits from around the world, I know that in several European and Asian countries people do drink water with their meals.

    In any case, the suggestion that mixing food with water dilutes hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes is grossly exaggerated.

    For those of you who do not know what hydrocholoric acid does, one of its functions is to assist in digestion by breaking down protein into amino acids.

    With that in mind, you would need to drink gallons upon gallons of water along with your meal in order to dilute stomach acids and digestive enzymes to the point of rendering them ineffective.

    Remember that the foods we eat contain water – whole wheat bread is 35% water, broccoli comes in at 91%, cheese delivers 37%, grilled chicken is made up of 71%, and pasta clocks in at 72%.

    Very few foods – for example, peanut butter – have very low water contents. Think of eating a peanut butter sandwich without any liquids in between bites. Can you say “torture”?

    The bottom line is that even if you do not take a single sip of liquid during a meal, you are still taking in water, making a “no water” rule rather silly.

    The one thing I will say about having fluids with meals is the following.

    If someone is underweight and has difficulty eating sufficient amounts of food in one sitting, I would recommend they not drink liquids until after their meal in order to leave “room” for actual food.

    Other than that, there is no valid reason to have “dry” meals.


    You Ask, I Answer: Whey Protein/Protein Needs

    I was wondering about whey protein powder and your thoughts on protein needs.

    Is whey protein really more “bio-available” or better than other protein sources?

    How much protein does a person need?

    Is more protein necessary for muscle recovery or building after working out?

    Does whey protein improve our immune system?

    — Michael (last name withheld)
    (City unknown), Illinois

    The average healthy adult requires no more than 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (if you only know your weight in pounds, divide it by 2.2 to determine the kilogram equivalent).

    The 0.8 grams figure solely represents the daily requirement — you can consume up to 200% of that total and still be within a perfectly safe range.

    It’s always amusing to me to see protein heavily advertised on certain products, almost as if it were a nutrient we were all severely lacking.

    Far from it! The average adult in the United States consumes anywhere from 175 – 200 percent of their daily protein needs.

    Let’s break down this ever-persistent myth that athletes (or any regular person who lifts weights and wants to bulk up, for that matter) need to consume tons of protein.

    Remember, the average adult requires 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.

    When it comes to athletes and others engaging in strenuous physical activity, protein needs ARE higher, but we are talking, at most, 1.5 or 1.6 grams per kilogram.

    In other words, their needs fall within the “permissible” 200 percent range (which, again, corresponds to average protein intakes in the United States anyway).

    A few things worth mentioning here.

    Firstly, building muscle has more to do with consuming excess calories and performing weight-bearing exercises that challenge and shock the muscles appropriately.

    Overloading on protein but consuming too few total calories and/or not performing the appropriate exercises at the appropriate intensity levels is completely futile.

    What athletes and people performing strenuous exercise should focus on is protein quality, not quantity.

    This is where biological value comes in.

    Biological value is a term referring to how closely a protein matches the amino acid composition required by the body.

    Complete proteins – all animal-derived ones as well as soy – contain all 8 essential amino acids.

    Incomplete proteins – from vegetable sources – usually lack one or two.

    This is not to say that vegetarians are not getting adequate protein.

    See, Mother Nature is one smart cookie.

    Proof? The amino acid lacking in grains is present in legumes (and vice versa). So, as long as a vegetarian has a diet containing various food groups, their amino acid needs are met.

    In fact, many athletes as well as Olympic, Ironman, and Mr. Universe bodybuilding competitors and winners have been vegetarian.

    Some names? Billie Jean King, Bruce Lee, Carl Lewis, Joe Namath, and Martina Navratilova.

    Back to biological value. If we are speaking about foods, eggs are the absolute best (yes, even better than meat, chicken, and fish).

    Whey protein, however, has an even higher score. So, technically, it is the most bio-available protein.

    Since biological value also tells us the percentage of the protein used for muscle growth and repair, it is no surprise whey protein is the chosen favorite of weight-lifters.

    Again, though, many people fail to realize that protein quality is more important than protein quantity.

    Remember, except for extreme circumstances, protein is not used for energy; carbohydrates and fat are. Too much protein simply ends up being stored as fat.

    So how about nutrition needs after a workout?

    Again, many people immediately think, “protein.” While that is certainly one part, they often forget two other just as crucial nutrients: carbohydrates and water.

    Countless studies have determined that consuming protein AND carbohydrates no more than 30 to 45 minutes after a strenuous (approximately 1 hour) workout are more efficient at muscle recovery than protein alone.

    Think roughly 30 – 50 grams of carbohydrates.

    Another tip: carbohydrates ranking higher in the glycemic index (such as watermelons, dates, potatoes, and cereals) are often preferred during this window of time, since they replenish fuel stores more quickly and aid in muscle repair.

    In regards to whey protein’s effects on the immune system, there is a good body of research showing a link between whey protein consumption and an increase in glutathione levels (a protein that plays a crucial role in human immune systems).

    It is important to note, though, that other foods (spinach, walnuts, cauliflower, avocado, and broccoli, all in their raw forms) also have the same effect.


    Celebrity Diet Secrets: Padma Lakshmi

    Supermodel and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tells Us Weekly that one of her beauty secrets is drinking three liters of water every day to maintain her perfect skin.

    “I pee a lot,” she comments.

    That’s an understatement!

    The “drink lots of water for your skin” myth is just as prevalent as the “drink eight glasses of water every day” one.

    For some reason, celebrity and beauty magazines fully embrace it.

    I suppose it provides Hollywood’s glitterati a “beauty tip” to always fall back on when the question comes up.

    Because, really, saying “kickass genes, expensive chemical peels, killer airbrushing, and a stylist at my beckon call” wouldn’t sit well with readers.

    Anyhow, allow me to explain why chugging water all day will not do much for your skin.

    Hydration levels of our skin are largely determined by the sebaceous glands, located on the dermis (the layer of skin right underneath the one visible to the eye).

    These glands are responsible for producing sebum, an oily, waxy-ish substance that helps protect water in our skin from evaporating.

    Not surprisingly, insufficient natural lubrication is one of the main causes of dry skin.

    External factors — harsh temperatures, air conditioning, heat (especially in winter months when we are cooped up indoors), exposure to the sun, showering too often, and soaps made with strong chemicals — decrease sebum production, as does aging.

    From a nutritional standpoint, significant deficiencies in Vitamin A are associated with dry skin.

    Drinking excessive amounts of water, however, is useless, as it will not penetrate the epidermis (the topmost layer of the skin), which is in need of excess hydration.

    Let me be clear here. Getting enough hydration is definitely important, but this can be from variety of fluids as well as water naturally found in foods.

    There is no need to chug down three extra liters of water every day.

    The best thing you can do for you skin is apply moisturizer on a daily basis, especially right after a shower (this helps lock in moisture).

    During winter months, humidifiers are also helpful in preventing overly dry indoor environment.

    Although a great beverage — and essential nutrient — water is not a drinkable skin miracle potion.


    In The News: PharmaWater

    No, it’s not an actual product yet, but don’t be surprised if a beverage company decides to make the most of a not-so-hot situation.

    By now I’m sure everyone has read about the levels of pharmaceuticals discovered in the tap water of 24 large metropolitan US cities.

    Although these levels are minute, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that several glasses of tap water a day for thirty, forty, even fifty years are very likely going to impact a person’s health.

    The true surprise in that news tidbit for me was that “the federal government doesn’t require any testing and hasn’t set safety limits for drugs in water.

    Well, then.

    If you think you can get around this dilemma by relying solely on bottled water, I’m afraid you’re wrong.

    Guess what? The Food & Drug Administration has not set limitations on pharmaceutical levels in bottled water.

    Remember, most bottled water originates from tap water.

    Although these companies are quick to point out their patented quadruple filtering technologies, I have to wonder just how good they do at capturing antibiotic residue, particularly if these levels don’t appear to be of huge concern to the bottled water industry

    For now, the vice president of the International Bottled Water Association claims everything is “being monitored”, but I don’t spot any urgency on their end to establish standards.

    Has this revelation changed your thoughts about drinking water, either from the tap or a plastic bottle?


    You Ask, I Answer: Cold Water/Weight Loss

    I read today that drinking cold water (defined as less than 72 degrees) can actually help you burn more calories because it requires your body to use more energy to bring it to body temperature once ingested.

    The article cited that one can lose from 5 to 10lbs a year. Any truth to this or is this just another myth for you to dispel?

    — Becky
    Via the blog

    Another interesting question. You’re all getting good!

    This is one of those true facts that is misrepresented – and rather impractical.

    Drinking cold water (which, by the way, is set at approximately 32 – 38 degrees Fahrenheit, not any temperature below 72 degrees) DOES require energy from our bodies to warm it up to body temperature.

    Therefore, calories are technically being burned.

    Remember, calories measure energy.

    And, as every nutrition student has learned at one point or another, a calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius.

    To further add to the confusion, these calories I just mentioned are “different” from the ones we talk about every day in nutrition and weight management.

    The calories listed on food labels and recipes are really Kilocalories.

    In other words, one layman’s calorie (technically a Kilocalorie) is equal to 1,000 “true” calories (the ones referred to when we talk about needing to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius).

    In the end, you do the math and come up with such an insignificant number of calories (the ones everyone is accustomed to using) your body burns to heat up ice water (roughly 6 to 10 calories for every eight ounces of cold water) that it’s not really worth mentioning.

    I suppose someone could make the case that if you drank eight 8-ounce glasses of ice cold water in a day, you would be burning as many as 80 calories.

    Technically true, but we are talking about COLD (not “semi-chilled”) water – the kind that gives you brain freeze if you take a long sip.

    And does anyone really want to start getting neurotic about the temperature of their water?

    I can just see it now. “Waiter, I need SIX ice cubes in my glass, and they need to be constantly refilled so I can burn ten more calories by the end of this dinner!”

    In short, drinking countless glasses of ice cold liquids is NOT a weight-loss tip.


    You Ask, I Answer: Hexagonal Water

    Have you heard of these devices that transform the shape of water molecules?

    Supposedly if you change the shape, it hydrates you better, slows down aging, and can cure certain diseases.

    — Trevor Jaracz
    (location withheld)

    I have indeed heard of devices — such as the Vitalizer Plus — that proclaim to alter the structure of a water molecule into a hexagonal shape.

    Some companies go as far as claiming that hexagonal water is “living water” with “beneficial enzymes” that are not found in tap or bottled water.

    I have also heard the advertised benefits — a healthier immune system, less inflammation, better gastrointestinal health, etc, etc.

    The only positive thing I can muster to say about this is that whoever came up with this concept sure has an overly vidid imagination.

    I’ll spare everyone a tedious chemistry lesson and just say that the molecular structure of water is permanently fixed, and absolutely no biochemical changes can be made (by any person or machine) to turn it into a “healthier” or “better” beverage.

    It doesn’t need to be! No one is getting sick as a result of drinking conventional water.

    For all intents and purposes, hexagonal water should be placed in the same category as unicorns, fairies, and gnomes.

    I would be very happy if all companies selling hexagonal were heavily fined by the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising.

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