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#240039 - 03/20/06 12:32 PM Water or Coke? You Choose.
MikeMartial Offline

Registered: 12/18/03
Posts: 767
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I didn't write this just thought it was a neat read
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

2. In 37% of Americans, 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 dieters studied in a University Washington study.

5. Lack of water, 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.

And now for the properties of

1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China.

4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals:
Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.

9. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

For Your Info:

1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.

2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.

3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
"You do not truly know someone until you fight them." - Seraph, The Matrix Reloaded

#240040 - 03/20/06 01:02 PM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: MikeMartial]
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75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

I am one of those 75%. I drink 90+ oz. of water a day, but still the thirst never ends. The skin on my lips and hands actually peels off from being so dry. I rarely drink soda.

I have actually used the soda/battery terminal idea on a friend's car, it does work.
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#240041 - 03/20/06 01:45 PM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: MikeMartial]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
Have seen this before, but thanks for supplying again for those that haven't Mike. (always good to hear from you).

Carry an insulated water bottle (1.5 Litres) around with me at work all of the time and fill it up 1 to 2 times a day depending on how dry or thirsty I am. Rarely drink soda unless with rum.

Since I'm in the chemicals business I think people would be surprised with a lot of things they are used to that require hazardous placards to transport it. Luckily many things are considered "Consumer Commodities" and don't require special placarding but these same items if they are not considered this then would need the special placarding. What do I really hate? People phoning me looking for cleaning materials and when they receive it they get all worked up because it has a corrosive decal on the pail. These are the same people that are smoking (toxic), handling gasoline in their lawn mowers/snow blowers and using as cleaning solvent (flammable), use drain cleaners in their toilets and sinks (corrosive; acids or alkalines), drink cola (corrosive; acidic), etc. People just don't get it.

#240042 - 03/20/06 03:53 PM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: MikeMartial]
Diabolic Offline

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 256
Loc: San Jose, California
Where did you get this info from? There is a local radio personality doctor who says that 8-10 glasses of water is over rated and not that much is needed for most people. Some of you might know him, Dr. Dean Edell.
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#240043 - 03/20/06 05:49 PM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: Diabolic]
MikeMartial Offline

Registered: 12/18/03
Posts: 767
Loc: Alberta, Canada

Where did you get this info from? There is a local radio personality doctor who says that 8-10 glasses of water is over rated and not that much is needed for most people. Some of you might know him, Dr. Dean Edell.

I got this info from another webiste I visit, and thought it was interesting, so I copied it to here.

But tell me, do YOU think 8-10 glasses of h20 a day is overrated? I can actually hardly believe a physician would endorse that thought, but stranger things have happened.

Find me a professional athlete that DOESN'T drink at LEAST 3 litres of water daily. Sure, if you push a desk for a living and then go home and veg in front of the TV, then maybe 8 glasses is overkill. I have no doubt it would be beneficial, though

Any athlete (key word here is athlete) in his/her right mind puts hydration at the forfront of their nutrition.

Any any martial artist who want the best performance their body can give won't settle for the advice of a radio talk doc. While he might be educated, he doesn't have a clue about proper sports nuttrition.
"You do not truly know someone until you fight them." - Seraph, The Matrix Reloaded

#240044 - 03/20/06 09:05 PM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: MikeMartial]
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Registered: 10/09/05
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Loc: Ireland
Try to keep an open mind, Mike. I see nothing in the way of evidence in your post - just a lot of ad hominem. I, for one, have never seen any solid evidence that drinking more water than you need to keep from being thirsty is healthy. If you have any evidence to show the alleged benefits of '8-10 glasses of water a day', I'd love to see them. As for physicians coming out against this notion, read this, and this.
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#240045 - 03/20/06 10:09 PM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: MikeMartial]
White_Fox Offline

Registered: 11/09/05
Posts: 57
Being an athlete I feel so much better when I drink lots of water. I find I have more enegry and endurance.

when I have coke I feel like crap
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#240046 - 03/20/06 10:16 PM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: MikeMartial]
JoelM Offline
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Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 6355
Loc: Georgia, USA
Seen the show Mythbusters?

Myth two. Coke as a cleaner, etc. This test, they had fun with. The first one they drew chalk outlines on the ground, and poored blood everywhere. Can coke help clean it up? It did a little better than water. But probably wouldn't have done as good as a cleaning agent. The second one, they got a dirty chrome bumper. They cleaned one side with a standard chrome cleaner. The other side with Coke and aliminium foil and coke. Coke wins! Another they tried is cleaning grease out of cloths. The greased up some coveralls, and soked some in coke, and some in bleach. Neither did jack. Then cleaning grease out of an engine. They washed one side with water, the otherside had coke poored on it. There wasn't enough difference to matter. And then they cleaned a batterie terminal with coke, and one with baking soda, and another with streight water. There was no difference. Then there was non cleaning tests. The put a steak, a pennie, and a tooth into coke, and another group into acid. Funny, the acid ate the steak, didn't do anything to the pennie, and ate half the tooth. While the coke just tenderised the steak, cleaned the pennie and only stained the tooth. I may have missed one of these, but it's a mixed bag depending on what you do with it.

Don't believe everything you read on the internet!!
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#240047 - 03/21/06 12:52 AM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: ShaolinNinja]
MikeMartial Offline

Registered: 12/18/03
Posts: 767
Loc: Alberta, Canada

T I, for one, have never seen any solid evidence that drinking more water than you need to keep from being thirsty is healthy.

Evidence as per White Fox's post He basically sums it up perfectly.

I think one can safely say in the case of h20, more is better. And I don't subscribe to the fear of hyponatremia---that one the media got wind of and ran with like crazy, scaring people needlessly.

I suppose I could go dig info up on h20 consumption and performance measures, and the physiological basis behind dehydration versus hyperhydration, but there's really no need. Most of the professional MT fighters I know drink 4+ litres a day, Rich Franklin drinks 4+ litres a day, and NHL players drink 4+ litres a day.

I'm pretty sure these guys know what they're doing, so I'll safely follow they're lead.
"You do not truly know someone until you fight them." - Seraph, The Matrix Reloaded

#240048 - 03/21/06 01:04 AM Re: Water or Coke? You Choose. [Re: JoelM]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
Well being a chemical guy I will give my incite on cola products. Cola products contain Phosphoric Acid which is a very slow reacting acid. In our acidic product line, all of the Phosphoric Acid products are used for cleaning of soft metals (aluminum, copper, etc.) or delicate or intricate material as it is slow reacting and will do less damage. Not only that because it is slow reacting it fumes less as well. If you want a fast reacting acid you need to step it up and then use Hydrochloric Acid. Or step it up again and use Sulphuric Acid. Or have a deadly combination of Sulphuric/Hydroflouric Acid (Hydroflouric is being banned in Canada as it can seep through your pores and into your bone and destroy it from the inside out and the there is "no" cure.)

If you want to degrease things, acids are definitely not the way to go. You are better off using the opposite end of the scale and use "alkalines" such as products with caustics or metasilicates in them. Or step it up and use solvents.

Cola products maybe able to do marginal cleaning but they do not have the technology in them with surfactants, emulsifiers, sequestrants, etc. to make them effective. It is meant as a beverage so contains sugar and spice and everything that is "sort of" nice.

NOW as for the water ... water is good and is more necessary as you workout and sweat. Water is super important if you are a body builder. Even for regular people water is important. Water is needed for digestion, absorption, circulation, excretion, transporting nutrients through the body, maintaining normal temperature and for healthy functioning of every living cell. Here is some other information I put together in a previous post that I did research on.


For the average adult 50% of their body is water weight (11 US Gallons or 42 Litres). An average adult can lose about 3 quarts (approx. 3 Litres) each day through perspiration. Now introduce weight lifting that produces heavy sweating and you will start to realize how important water is to a weight lifter and the need to replenish it … or any other person that does a physical activity. Just as a note, evaporation of sweat on the skin is the body’s cooling mechanism. You don’t cool down you overheat … and if you compare this to a vehicle that overheats then you get the idea … you breakdown and go no where.

Now when taking water it is best to take it gradually in small portions. I myself carry an insolated water bottle (32 ounces or 1 Litre) around all day at work and sip it. I will usually drink 1 to 2 of these a day plus what ever other amounts I take while working out, after working out or while training martial arts. Your body will need to adjust to the excess water you will be taking in so prepare in the beginning to go to the washroom more then usual but it will subside and you will be the better for it. Now how much water is recommended? It is suggested to drink at least 1 Gallon (3.79 Litres) per day if you’re working out hard and/or if the day is hot.

Other benefits of water are that it helps to clean the system out. Water can help with skin problems. Water can fill hunger pains that are really your body telling you that it is thirsty … you know the ones late at night when you think you need a snack and you know you shouldn’t. Water can aid in the loss of fat.

This is only touching the surface. So I agree with the people who feel water is good ... and I don't believe it is over rated.

Edited by Dereck (03/21/06 01:11 AM)

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