Friday, January 21, 2011
Below is an e-mail message I received from Doc. I thought the content warranted a post on my SP blog.
Why water is important
Increasing your water intake can:
Help you lose weight
Increase your energy
Improve your mood
Reduce digestive problems like heartburn and constipation.
Most people have lost their normal sense of thirst due to long term dehydration (the brain literally shuts off the thirst signals after a period of time)
It is easy to mistake thirst for hunger and develop a tendency to overeat rather than drink water.
Rules for Water
Your body is mostly made up of water and needs to be re-hydrated properly every single day. If you are new to drinking adequate amounts of water you can use a lemon or lime or orange slice to add some flavor, you can also put a pinch of high quality sea salt in each glass you drink to get a good balance of minerals.
When you become dehydrated your body will literally "dry up" the mucous membrane tissues which include the sinus passages, stomach and intestines, this predisposes people to sinus infections, stomach problems like ulcers and creates problems like constipation. Lack of water also will cause the spinal discs to become dry and fragile and lead to problems with neck and back pain.
Lack of water also forces us to hold on to toxins since they are not being flushed out quickly enough and this leads to an excess of body fat since we store these toxins in body fat. As you drink appropriate amounts of water you will flush out the toxins and start to burn off the fat. In addition, the more toxic people become the more they tend to hold on to fluid and become bloated, drinking water also helps reduce bloating again because toxins are flushed out of the system.
Water also has zero calories, is relatively inexpensive compared to other products we drink like coffee, juice and teas.
So for the next 30 days focus on this one issue WATER, drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. If you feel you may have been dehydrated for a long period of time then you can base your water intake on your body weight and drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day, in other words if you weigh 160 pounds you should drink 80 ounces of water per day, or about 6-7 twelve ounce glasses.
I highly recommend using a water bottle that you refill throughout the day so you can easily track how much you are consuming. I use quart size glass mason jar myself, refilling it four times each day to get my allotment of water in.
Other general ideas: try to drink most of your water in the morning and early afternoon, before dinner so you don't have to wake up at night to urinate. Avoid drinking too much water with meals, between meals is best. After about 3 weeks of being properly hydrated you will start to regain your normal sense of thirst and will actually look forward to your first glass of water in the morning.
I know this may sound a bit strange if you are used to being dehydrated, but after 30 years of being properly hydrated, one moment of my day I always look forward is my first glass of water in the morning. It refreshes me, reminds me I'm alive and energizes me. It's a true joy of my life to drink water, it feels that good.