Did You Know?

75% of Americans, and most of the world population, are chronically dehydrated.

The existence of kidney stones has been recorded since the beginning of civilization.

Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Peter the Great, Louis XIV, and former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson all had kidney stones. Benjamin Franklin, Sir Francis Bacon, and Sir Isaac Newton also suffered with painful kidney stones.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and drinking one glass makes one 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

The total cost for treating kidney stones in 2003 in the United States was $2 billion US.

The incidence rate of kidney stones in the Middle East increases 20-25% from international rates because of the increased risk of dehydration in hot climates.

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

The removal of kidney stones is one of the earliest known surgical procedures.

In 1901, a kidney stone was discovered in the pelvis of an ancient Egyptian mummy, dated to 4,800 BC.

Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters.

Men have approximately 4 times more kidney stones than women.

Kidney stones vary in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball.

In medical terminology, kidney stone deposits are known as renal calculi - Latin for renal is "kidney" and calculi are known as "pebbles."

Did you know that astronauts have a higher risk of developing kidney stones during or after long space flights?

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

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Check out my article about a new healthy water drink.

Posted November 2008 | Permanent Link

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