Water water everywhere comes from The Rime of The Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It was written in the early 19th century.
The ancient mariner in the lengthy poem many of us studied in high school literature classes was both intrigued and harangued by the sea.
One of the stanzas from Part II seems to describe the situation some people find themselves in today with regard to drinking water.
There are parts of the world and even parts of the U.S. where the water supply is nearly unfit for human consumption.
But not to worry.
The availability of bottled water has provided a solution.
Now there really is water water everywhere. All kinds of drinking water.
Unfortunately that solution is often very expensive.
Anyone who flies these days knows that if you want your favorite bottled water while on the plane, you have to buy it in the airport after you've gone through security.
Everyone who's into health and exercise has his/her own favorite brand or type of drinking water.
This is a very positive situation - or at least, it can be.
Regardless of what kind of water you prefer, you may or may not be drinking enough.
For about two-thirds of my life, I was not drinking enough water - though there was always lots of water available.
I didn't drink enough because I didn't know how much I should've been drinking. I just didn't pay any attention to the quantity of water I consumed.
If I was thirsty, I drank.
At times most of us drink lots of water. Once in a while you run across someone who says they don't like water.
They think that's fine as long as they drink lots of other liquids - milk, coffee, juice, or maybe beer.
For me it wasn't until about 20 years ago that I began to bump into info that indicated that I was somewhat dehydrated most of the time.
I was amazed at how much better I felt when I began to drink close to the amount I needed.
Do you fit into that same group?
How did we escape finding out at a reasonably young age that we should be drinking a lot of water?
Now, finally, there's a reasonable amount of publicity for the fact that we should be drinking 8 eight-ounce glasses of water every day.
The formula you often see or hear is half your weight in pounds is the number of ounces of water you should drink daily.
When you first try to do that, you feel like you're drowning yourself. After you adjust, you find you feel great.
As you continue, you feel better and better, because you actually become healthier. Many aches and pains disappear - and even some chronic serious medical conditions.
Imagine that. Water water everywhere.
Dr. Terry Grossman has a great line in the water chapter of his book, Baby Boomers' Guide to Living Forever: "You're not sick - you're just very thirsty."
What kind of water do you prefer? What's the best drinking water for you?
For more thoughts on those questions, please click here.
I have a strong opinion as to which type of water is best for me. But I have no idea which is best for you.
Distilled water is my choice. If you'd like to know why, please click here.
There seems to be a lot of controversy regarding distilled water for human consumption. I can understand why.
A lot of the flack comes from folks who have a vested interest in the newest water fad. Some of it comes from the FDA or local governmental organizations.
The newest fad on the drinking water scene seems to be ionized water - also sometimes referred to as healthy water.
Here's the result of my own research on ionized water.
Water water everywhere - we are very fortunate to have so many choices.
But many of those choices include bottled water.
So what, you say.
If you wish, click here to find out what.
In some places spring water is readily available. It comes right out of the ground - or in some cases out of the side of a cliff.
For a little more detail about spring water, please click here.
In recent years it's been hard to miss bottled products called vitamin water. Sometimes people who have avoided any type of healthy foods or anything resembling food supplements see these various colorful products, and use them thinking they're doing something healthy for themselves.
Unfortunately, the term, vitamin water, is quite misleading. For more detail, please click here.
If you still drink tap water, you might want to look at this.Return to Homepage from Water Water Everywhere