You mean this isn’t one of the Ten Commandments chiseled on the Stone Tablets?
Thou shalt drink an 8 ounce glass of water 8 times a day.
Turns out, while this aqueous “law” has been around for some time, it in fact, er, doesn’t hold water.
A recent editorial (PDF) in the Journal of the American Society for Nephrology is getting wide press coverage for debunking the so-called “8×8” theory—the popularly held belief that drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily helps remove toxins, improve skin tone, and increase satiety, among other health benefits. The authors chalk up the belief to folklore, and newspaper reports claim ignorance as to its provenance. Just how long has this idea been around? Source: Slate
The Slate piece looks at the long history of what has been widely thought of as substantiated dogma that the nephrologists now have pretty well debunked. And say…do you think this has played at all into the hands of the bottled water folks–another myth that swims in there nicely with the one that bottled water is healthier and cleaner (if enormously more expensive) than the vast majority of tap water.
So maybe you CAN fool most of the people most of the time after all.