Hydration / Water ~ Critical to Your Health

Hydration / Water~ Critical to Your Health

 Why is water important?:

If you have not read Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water where he talked about curing painful conditions and serious diseases with the application of water, then go buy yourself a copy.  Hydration is a key to your optimal health.

In his book he says:

“Your muscles that move your body are 75% water.” (think muscle pain relief)

Your blood that transports nutrients is 82% water.” (think sludgy blood, high blood pressure, stress on your heart, etc.)

”Your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water.” (think clear headedness, being aware and energetic).

‘Your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water.” (think about your ability to focus.

“Your bones are 25% water.” (think flexibility)

And in all the above situations, think detoxification and the ability of your body to rejuvenate itself as a result. We live in an extremely toxic world, so this is very important.  Make sure you hydrate your body and cells.

 Disease: the elderly are at risk:

I often think about the elderly, who barely get 2 – 3 cups of liquid a day. Their blood becomes sludgy; they are often not clear headed; they are not detoxing and get brown spots on their skin; they have strokes, heart attacks and come down with many diseases. Simply increasing what they drink can make a significant difference in their health and their energy levels.

 How much do you really need?:

 I generally share with my clients that they should drink one half their weight in ounces of water a day. If you weigh 130 then it is optimal to drink 65 ounces of water.

Often my client’s immediate response is, “I can’t drink that much or I don’t like water.”

So let’s define what water can be. Herbal teas, lemon or lime in water with stevia, organic coffee (if it is on your Genetic Food List and this should be limited to 2 cups a day as it is acidic).

My grandsons love Raspberry Tea iced. I simply fill a 2 quart pitcher with good quality water and put in 4 tea bags and stevia to taste. No need to Steep. Put it in the refrigerator and it is ready in about 30 minutes. Think of all the varieties of herbal teas there are.

Kombucha is a great alternative as well. I make it at home and have the recipe if you want it. I usually have an extra “scobey” if someone needs one.

I don’t recommend drinking milk. Kefir is fine and there are other fermented drinks depending on your genetic type.

If you like orange juice, then simply put one orange in a blender, add 1 cup of water and stevia to taste and blend. Otherwise, pouring a glass of orange juice is a sugar assault on your body. Typically there are 4 oranges in one glass of oj – far too much fructose for your body to assimilate at once. Wonder why you feel sleepy/tired within an hour?”

Cook some raw cranberries and put them in the blender with water and stevia as well. Other fruit can be used in the same way. You can use seltzer water if you desire a sparkly beverage.

Most fruit juices are loaded with sugar. An 8 oz. soda is about 8 teaspoons of sugar and fruit juice is the same.

Plan what and when to drink:

This is another tough part. Unless I prepare for the day, I don’t drink enough water.

Recommendation: First decide how much you need to drink.

Have two cups of liquid upon arising, ie… a mug of lemon/lime water to cleanse your liver that has been detoxing while you sleep. Then follow with another 2 cups of herbal tea. Drinking this much is easy as you have been dehydrated all night.

Then have breakfast. Two hours later have another 2 cups, then lunch and 2 hours later another 2 cups, then dinner and 2 hours later 2 a relaxing herbal tea to prepare for bed and relaxation. You need to wait two hours after a meal so you don’t predigest your food. It is best to have only ¼ cup of liquid with meals. Remember, the amount you drink should be adjusted to how much you weigh.

Remember soups count as liquid as do some veges and fruit you consume.

Some alternatives to stevia are lo han sho, xylitol, raw organic sugar (just a little), or a little raw honey occasionally.

Hydration – an Important Key to Your Health!  Drink up!