September 19, 2015 Joanna

Dry up, not Drink up!

Dry up, not Drink up!

Against the popular belief that we should drink at least three pints of water a day — even if we have to force it down, and this on top of the other liquids we take in as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks etc. How can I convince anyone that moderation in liquids is more healthy? As a third-­‐generation member of the school which has consistently warned against watery excess. I believe we have excellent reasons for advocating what is sometimes, rather dauntingly called dry feeding.

I believe there is a simple explanation for the medical faith in copious drinking. Doctors and nurses who urge high water intake are constantly confronted by patients who are predominantly on atrocious diets and strong medication. If unwholesome foodstuff can be flushed out, and drugs kept diluted such patient’s chances of survival may be improved.