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Love Coke? Good. Now Drink Your Water.

Posted Sep 12 2008 6:12pm


The following information has circulated through my email in the past, and may well have been in your email inbox before. I like this email because it adds a little flavor to the "go drink your water" lecture that we fitness professionals deliver on a regular basis.

Fun Facts about People and Water:

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated (and this is probably the case for half the world population.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it's mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink everyday?

Fun Facts about Coke:

1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour -- then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.


6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent and run through a regular cycle. The coca-cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

Wait, there's more. . .

9. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. It also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
10. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial trucks mus use a hazardous material place card reserved for highly corrosive materials.
11. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years.

What'll you have? Coke, or Water?


Here are some other tidbits you might also like to consider, that weren't directly mentioned above:

Water's Relationship with the Human Body:

  • Water comprises roughly 60% of your body: it makes up 83% of your blood volume, 75% of your brain, 22% of bone, 75% and 90% of muscle and lung tissue respectively.

Water also:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Removes waste
  • Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells; assists in nutrient absorption
  • Moistens oxygen for breathing
  • Protects and cushions organs and joints
  • Helps convert food to energy and enhances fat metabolism

While the circulating email focuses on the negative impact of phosphoric acid in Coke, this is not the predominant factor you'll need to consider if choosing between Coke and water.

Why? Because Coca-Cola Bottling Company is not using high concentrations of laboratory grade phosphoric acid in Coke -- if they were, we'd never be able to drink it because it'd corrode our insides. . . (This is not an endorsement for drinking Coke, just a gentle reminder that drinking it won't put you in danger of dissolving away. At least, not immediately. :))

What you should be considering instead is the amount of sugar in each can of Coke. Not only will the sugar corrode your teeth (along with the phosphoric acid), but it will throw your metabolism for a loop as you go on and come off a sugar high. (A great way to promote fat storage, by the way.)

And don't forget Coke's other important ingredient, caffeine, which will not only blast your metabolism, but will also contribute to water loss -- not exactly what you're looking for if you're searching for optimal physical and mental performance.

You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again: Drink water.

How much? Try to consume about 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day.

Done reading? Good. Go get some water.

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