1 - Water & Other Beverages

Step #1: DRINK MORE WATER        

Why: Water is the most important and abundant nutrient in our bodies. It is vital for transporting nutrients and flushing out wastes and toxins. It cushions, lubricates, moistens and hydrates our cells and organs. And unfortunately, it is the most common nutrient deficiency in the American population.

How: The recommended daily amount of water to drink is equal to half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 130 pounds, your water intake recommendation is 65 ounces, or just over 2 quarts. The maximum amount, no matter your weight is about a gallon (128 ounces). What if you don't drink anywhere near that amount? Begin by adding one glass per day for the first week. Then increase again until you reach your optimal level. If you are having trouble retaining water, try adding a pinch of unrefined sea salt to your water. This gives you some electrolytes (minerals) to assist in absorbing the water into your cells.

[TRICK] Drink water when you are hungry, as hunger pangs can frequently be thirst signals.


Step #2: REDUCE CONSUMPTION OF DIURETIC BEVERAGES

Why: Diuretics pull more water out of your body than they contain. For every 8 ounce glass of a diuretic beverage, you need to drink 12 – 16 ounces of water just to keep up. Early signs of dehydration include fatigue, headaches, cramps and anxiety. Chronic dehydration can lead to heartburn, constipation, joint pain, migraines and even death.

How: First you need to identify what are the diuretic beverages. They include coffee, caffeinated teas, some herbal teas like peppermint, soda pop, packaged fruit juices and alcoholic beverages. Most of these have little or no nutritional value anyway. Giving up caffeinated beverages can prove difficult. Try stepping down slowly.

[TRADE] If you are already adding an extra glass of water per day, swap it for one of your diuretic beverages. This has the added benefit of eliminating the need to drink extra water to compensate for that diuretic beverage.


Step #3: IMPROVE YOUR WATER QUALITY

Why: In many towns and cities the quality of the tap water has gone down and the amount of chemicals added has increased. Bottled water may not be any better depending on the source and is quite expensive and environmentally unfriendly. To learn more, check out The Story of Bottled Water video.

How: You need to do your research. First check on the current quality of your water. Do you have a well? Have it tested. City water? Check with your local water department. If you decide it needs to be filtered, buy the best you can afford. For more information, check out www.WaterFilterComparisons.com.

[TIP] Home filtered tap water can be of higher quality and lower cost than bottled water. And is certainly less expensive than nutrient poor diuretic beverages.


Ready for More?

Book: “Your Body's Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, MD  (available in Whatcom County Library System)

Online Article: “Who Needs Soda Pop with these Bodacious Beverages” by Jen Allbritton, CN

Websites: www.AllWaterPurification.com (another site comparing water purification systems)

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