Q&A: What Can Water Cure?
Q: What conditions can water help prevent, or even cure? – C. A.
A: Water can improve and prevent many conditions in your health. Water can boost your metabolism by in 30 percent in healthy men and women. A study showed that the boost happens within 10 minutes but reached a maximum 30-40 minutes after drinking.
Water can protect your heart. A study was done for six years and it was found that people who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41 percent less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
Water may be reduce your risk for certain cancers. Research shows that staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, bladder cancer by 50 percent, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk, too.
“I don’t prescribe water enough and I should. Just like most people in healthcare… make it a more common recommendation,” said Dr. Sharon Bergquist, who practices internal medicine at Emory University.
Bergquist said she doesn’t believe water cures all, but said it is part of the cure.
“Water will reduce your likelihood for example of developing urinary tract infections, kidney stones, constipation, having a fatal attack. So it can make you healthier in that sense, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s curing those problems,” she said.