By Jeff Beach
When I heard that the theme for this issue of Chicz magazine was “water,” the first thing I thought of was a quote from W.C. Fields about water.
But the gist of the quote is that Fields – a notorious drinker – wouldn’t drink water because of it’s less than pure natural state. There is some question as to whether the quote actually originated with him – but it fits his persona.
For you youngsters out there, W.C. Fields was a comedian and actor back in the first half of the 20th Century. In the latter part his career, he built his act on his reputation for being a heavy drinker.
This includes a radio sketch with W.C. being asked if it was true that he once drank a glass of water. He recalls crossing the Mojave Desert on Election Day, a day on which selling alcohol was outlawed. “That’s carrying democracy too far,” W.C. declares.
Now like W.C., I might prefer hard liquor over hard water, but the Jeff Beach Diet does encourage drinking plain unadulterated water.
One of my better habits is when I down a mug of water before I drink my first cup of coffee in the morning.
And I am good about rarely drinking soda. But I know I should drink more water throughout the day.
Water does have several admirable qualities.
• It’s my first remedy for headaches (not just the alcohol-induced kind).
• It helps keep things moving, you know, digestion wise.
I am pretty sure there was a third reason, maybe it will come to me … cut to sound of tap running, filling glass and glug, glug, glug drinking sound …
• Oh yeah, proper hydration is recommended for preventing memory loss.
So while there are other beverages I may prefer, and I will never bother actually keeping track, I will try to drink more water.
As W.C. would say, “May the state of Kentucky forgive me.”
Jeff Beach has spent a lifetime on the The Jeff Beach Diet and is still kickin’.