Water, Water Everywhere
But How Much & What To Drink ?
There are so many opinions regarding water. Some argue you should drink when you are thirsty. Others say, “No, that’s too late ~ drink at least half your body weight every day.” And some people champion the old “eight glasses a day.”
What to do? Frankly, I was as confused as you until I began my own nutritional healing program. The answer is (you guessed it) to get tested! People’s individual needs differ.
Just as with anything else, your body’s need for water varies from day to day. There’s a handy way to self-test to see if you’re getting it right. My colleague, Dr. Joe Teff, shared this with me some time ago. Here’s how it works:
Stand with your hands by your side for a minute or two. Without raising your arms, look at the inside surface of your bare wrists and notice that your veins bulge a bit. Now extend your arm with the most obviously bulging vein straight out in front of you and watch your wrist. If the bulging vein(s) remains bulged, it means you are drinking sufficient fluids. If the bulge flattens, it indicates that you are not consuming enough fluid.
Fluids should be sipped and not gulped. Consuming a lot of fluid at once results in your body eliminating most of it because it has no time for assimilation. In other words, you’ll have to urinate. So the best way to hydrate is slowly, over time. If you are training or exercising rigorously, ask your practitioner for additional tips about hydration.
I’m often asked what type of water is best. My answer: your water should be pure and without additives ~ no colors, vitamins, flavors, or sweeteners.
What’s not recommended? Drinking from the tap! It isn’t safe because too many industrial chemicals are present. Pharmaceuticals as well as pesticides, herbicides and fungicides from farming have been found in over 85% of our nation’s community water supplies. And let’s not forget about chlorine and fluoride.
Despite the fact that chlorine does function to keep the flora and fauna to acceptable levels, fluoride is mass medication with questionable effect. In any event, both should be filtered out of the water you drink, cook and bathe in because of the ill effects on your endocrine system ~ especially your thyroid.
Regarding the type of water filter and which model is best, simply ask your practitioner. Many filtration systems are available.
Finally, I caution you about trying to regulate your body’s pH with specialty water. It is not the most effective way to do it and often creates more problems than it solves. Consuming large amounts of alkaline or acidic water is a great way to mess up your digestive system. Diet changes are much more effective. And as for distilled water, avoid it! It is a cooked product that acts as a de-mineralizer in your body. In any event, now that you are on a personalized nutritional healing program, you have all of this covered.
In summary, how much water to consume depends on your individual needs. Test and monitor your wrists. Be sure your water is pure and without colors, vitamins, added minerals, flavors or sweeteners. At a minimum, it should be filtered and, if bottled, the best is artesian or spring water.
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