Dr. B’s plain, simple, commonsense advice to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 lbs. of body weight reminds me of another story. In the Bible, Naaman was a captain in the Syrian army, and he was very ill with leprosy. He went to Elisha the prophet, the introduction having been made by the kings of Syria and Israel. Imagine his surprise when Elisha, rather than receiving him, sent a messenger out to tell Naaman to simply wash in the River Jordan seven times. Naaman was indignant.
In 2 Kings 5:13, Naaman’s servants say to him, “If the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather then, when he sayeth to thee, wash, and be clean?” Naaman follows the simple advice and is healed.
The simplest answers are sometimes hardest to believe. Sometimes, especially in this age where we’ve come to expect whiz-bang, high-tech miracles, simple answers are the last ones we consider instead of the first. Doctors don’t often start with the most simple answers, like chronic dehydration. They go right to pharmaceuticals. So we have to try those simple answers ourselves.
Let’s all do this from today forward. Are you drinking 10 glasses daily? How can you find a way to fit this habit into your schedule? For me, a very important part of that involves drinking about 16 oz. immediately upon waking up. I drink another 16 oz. after my workout in the morning. The rest I fit into my day, avoiding drinking water right before or after meals (wait 2 hrs. after meals to avoid diluting gastric juices). When I was a first-time nursing mother, a friend told me, “Never walk past a sink without drinking a glassful.” This was very helpful advice.