Water, Water, Water!!

One of the very first things we did when we started our health journey was to increase our water intake.  It’s one of the most simple and basic things you can do for your health.  I read the book titled “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by Dr. Batmanghelidj.  We then began buying pure water and drinking the recommended amount.  It made me feel really good that I was drinking PURE water and that I was drinking enough water to constantly be flushing out toxins and increasing the quality of my health.

Drinking water has a huge list of health benefits.  I could list a hundred reasons why we NEED to be consuming adequate water EVERY day, but I’ll just list a few…

-“The solution to pollution is dilution”- Water detoxifies the body of all the nasty things that make their way into our bodies each day.  Whether it’s from chemicals in our home, things we put on our body, and definitely things we put in our body, we need water to help get rid of toxins and keep our system as clean as possible!

-Your body is made up mostly of water.  Your joints need water big time.  So do your muscles, your brain, your bones, and your blood.  Everything in your body runs on water, so by not drinking adequate water, you are denying your body the very thing it needs to live healthy.

-Weight Loss:  There are a ton of different diets and crazy things out there that people will say you need to do in order to lose weight, but one of the most overlooked, yet classic and proven, is DRINK WATER.  Water is directly linked to weight loss.  If your goal is to lose weight, drinking adequate water should be at the top of your priority list!

-Other benefits of drinking water:  helps you stay energized all day, regulates body temperature, helps balance pH levels, transports oxygen to cells, helps with headaches, reduces cancer risk, healthier skin, reduces cramps and pains, the list goes on and on and on!

Most of us don’t believe we’re dehydrated, but after reading Dr. B’s book, I’m convinced that most of us are walking around dehydrated! Dehydration can cause fatigue, dry skin, constipation, muscle cramps, kidney problems, headaches, back/neck pain, and more minor ailments.  But even worse, over the long term, dehydration can contribute to many serious diseases, sometimes being life threatening.

In Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, he claims “you’re not sick, you’re thirsty.”  He believes, and has definitely convinced me, that a lot of sicknesses and diseases could be prevented by and/or healed by drinking adequate amounts of water.  Diabetes?  Obesity?  Arthritis, allergies, asthma?  Depression?  Pain?  Migraines?  Cancer Prevention?  Drink more WATER!

Funny story… My husband and I laugh at my health advice to people sometimes because my first answer to people’s ailments is, “Are you drinking enough water?”  After that, I ask if they are getting enough quality, restful sleep.  So if you ever ask me what you should do about your  (fill in the blank), I’ll say “Water and Rest!”  I’m being partially funny here, because I know that a lot of times it involves many other health changes to help aid healing, but really, water and rest can do a lot!  If people tried water, rest, and gave themselves time to heal for most of their sicknesses, doctor’s offices probably wouldn’t be hitting their target financial profit goals so often!

How much water do I need to drink? Here’s the recommended rule of thumb for quantity of water- You should drink AT LEAST half your body weight in ounces of water each and every day.  So, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water per day, and up to 140 ounces when needed (sickness, pregnancy, sweating excessively, etc).

Tips for being a better water drinker:
-Take a water bottle with you wherever you go.  If you don’t take one with you, you probably won’t drink enough throughout the day.  Have water handy at all times.
-Put good timing to your water drinking.  Drink a good portion, 20 ounces or so, about 30 minutes before each meal.  The best time to be a guzzler is before your meals.  Drinking with meals actually slows down digestion; drink as little as possible (of any fluid) during your eating times.  Mealtime is time to enjoy your food, not so much your beverage.
-Start your drinking right away in the morning.  If you wait until 2:00 to start meeting your daily water quota, you probably won’t get it all in.                               -If you have trouble drinking plain water, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to your glass.  Sometimes just having ice in it helps also.

– Many people mistake dehydration for hunger.  You may think you’re hungry and need a snack, when really your body is trying to tell you to drink water.  Before reaching for a snack, grab some water!  (Snacking can be a great thing, giving you energy throughout your day, but if you tend to overeat, go for the water instead!)

Side Note: Soda, coffee, tea, etc does not count towards your daily water requirements.  Drinks with caffeine actually dehydrate your body, the opposite of hydrating with water!  In fact, if you drink soda or coffee, you have even more water drinking to do.  The rule of thumb is that if you have a 12 ounce can of soda, you need to add an extra 24 ounces of water to your daily minimum.

Filtering: I’m not going to take too much time here to discuss this in detail, but I wanted to mention the importance of drinking PURE water.  Do you ever read you annual city water report?  Wow, there’s a lot of “stuff” in our water, and it’s not good.  Among the long list of contaminants includes pesticide residue, chlorine, fluoride, ‘disenfection byproducts,’ even lead.  Most of these things are KNOWN carcinogens!  Tap water or water run through a small filter isn’t getting rid of the hazardous ingredients.  A HIGH quality filter is needed to ensure you’re not drinking anything but water.  We’ve found though that it’s cheaper to buy our own BPA-free water jugs and get reverse osmosis filtered water, than it is to buy the kind of filter we’d need at home.  We just take our jugs to a local grocery store (Wal-Mart, Kroger, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, etc) and fill them for 25-37 cents a gallon at their RO water station.

To summarize… DRINK WATER!

Share your comments on how you reach your daily water quota!

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