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Perspective: Suffering From Terrible Pain And Agony? Here, Drink This.

Jana Sabeth

What do these situations have in common?

A single mother who has lost her home in a fire.
A young teen who is being bullied.
And me ... when I can't find what I am looking for.

The answer is obvious. Especially if you watch movies or dramas on TV. Anyone who has seen people in stress know they need two things right away.

First, medical or some kind of expert attention. But also — and this seems very important — they need a tall glass of water.

It never fails. The first thing when walking into a crisis is to ask the victims, "Are you OK?" Before they answer — because, of course, they are not OK — shove water at them, urging, "Here, drink this."

OK, I am playing around a bit with this predictable scenario that I see in movies. Because I wonder ... are victims really thirsty? Shouldn't they be more concerned about the zombies still pounding on the door?

Well, truth is, there is some science behind this liquid caring.

Medical experts say there's a simple way to unwind from your stress-filled life: drink a glass of water. All your organs need water. If you’re dehydrated that leads to stress. And ... stress leads to dehydration.

Experts say men need about 15 cups of water a day and women about 11 cups. That seems like a lot of water. Can you drink that much water in a day?

Wait. Don't think about it. Definitely don't stress about it. Because, well, you know ... you'll get dehydrated.

So just do your best. And ... yes ... coffee does count.

I’m Lonny Cain … and that’s my Perspective.

Lonny Cain, a graduate of the journalism program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, has been in the newspaper business for more than 45 years. He and his wife have three sons. They live in Ottawa, where he was managing editor of the local daily newspaper for 30 years, retiring in December 2014. He continues to be a columnist for The Times in Ottawa and is pursuing other writing projects.