Did you know that you can only survive a couple days without water while you can survive weeks without food? Step one with any nutrition plan is drinking more water. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, and transports nutrients and waste throughout the body. It also helps with digestion and metabolism and keeps your cells healthy.
Since over half of the body is made up of water—doesn’t it make sense to replenish with water? Aim to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water/day. Example: 200 lbs= 100 ounces of water per day (about 12 (8 oz) glasses.
If you are not there yet, start slow. Add 10 ounces each week until your body acclimates and you are able to form a habit. We promise that once your body gets used to drinking more water, you won’t be flushing the toilet so many times. It is normal to pee every 2-3 hours.
Water is essential for cleansing the body and helping to remove waste. Water carries nutrients and oxygen, lubricates joints, and protects organs. It is also important for healthy digestion, metabolism, and healthy skin. A common problem with so many people is fatigue, headaches and lack of energy which can all be directly related to water intake. Not having enough water contributes to fatigue since water composes over 90% of your blood. As the body becomes dehydrated, blood is the first place your body looks for more water. When the body pulls water from the blood, blood volume decreases along with your energy.
Unintentional chronic dehydration may be the root of many serious disease, including asthma, kidney problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, ulcers, pancreatitis, digestive problems, low back pain, and obesity. Just a 2% drop in body water may lead to dizziness, short-term memory loss, difficulty focusing, constipation, headaches, weakness or loss of strength, muscle cramping, and a drop in muscular endurance.
Keeping your body properly hydrated is not just about drinking the right amount of water; it’s also important to understand the quality of the water you are consuming. The quality of our beverages we drink plays a huge role in balancing our body’s pH level. Beverages such as alcohol, coffee, soda pop, energy drinks, and many sports drinks are acidic. As the acid levels in the body begin to rise, the body pulls out all of its defenses to bring the pH back into balance. First, the valuable minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and iodine are slowly leached out of the body in an effort to bugger high acid levels. Dehydration and many diseases such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, kidney stones, and type 2 diabetes are linked to over-acidification of the body.
A simply way to make your water better is to add fresh lemon or lime juice. For acid reflex or digestion issues, start the morning with a big glass of water with lemon. We also recommend sipping on hot water with lemon throughout the day. Adding fresh ginger and mint is also very soothing on the gut.
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Tap Water: Tap water may contain chlorine and other toxic ingredients that can destroy beneficial bacteria in the gut. This can weaken and damage the immune system. If doing tap or water from the filter, try to add lemon or lime for an alkalizing and cleansing effect.
Ionized Water: Ionized water is restructured for enhanced absorption, hydration, and is high in antioxidants and minerals. Ionized water is also extremely alkalizing for the body and more hydrating and detoxifying than conventional water. In the ionization process, many of the toxic ingredients such as chlorine are removed while the natural minerals are maintained. Learn more here.
Mineral Water: Mineral water is highly alkaline and helps to maintain essential minerals in the body. It’s also especially great for acid reflex, cramping and muscle fatigue. Make sure to only choose mineral water with naturally occurring carbonation from the source. Favorite brands include San Pellegrino, Gerolsteiner, and Badoit. Add a slice of lemon, lime, orange or fresh fruit for a refreshing taste.
Sparkling water or La Croix is not mineral water—it is water with added carbonation which can be very acidic on the body. Soda streams will also make your beverage very acidic and can deplete essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iodine over time. Always go mineral water naturally carbonated at the source.
Bottled Water: When it comes to bottled water only choose natural spring or artesian water. Avoid distilled or purified bottled water when possible.
Information Sourced From On Target Living: Your Guide To A Life of Balance, Energy & Vitality
Tip: When you lose water (say in a workout) you should replenish with water. If you need something a little more for the days that you go all out—try drinking coconut water or mineral water with a shot of pomegranate juice. Consider these your sports drinks but without the artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and gross stuff.