Patient Education

Water vs. Soft Drinks

We all know the importance of drinking water, but have you ever seen it written down like this before?


  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  2. In 37% of American, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often 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 test group 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 basic 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 one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  9. If you start increasing your water intake and your hands and feet swell, it is not due to drinking too much water! Keep drinking the water, it will pull the fluid off.

Soft Drinks:

  1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of soda in the trunk of their vehicle to remove blood from the highway after an accident.
  2. To clean a toilet: pour a can of soda into the toilet bowl and let it sit for one hour, then flush clean.
  3. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in soda.
  4. To clean corrosion from a car battery terminal: pour a can of soda over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
  5. To loosen a rusted bolt: apply a cloth soaked in soda to the rusted bold for several minutes.