Water, Water, Water.

How Much Should I be Drinking?

Eat when hungry, drink when thirsty!

Listen to the wisdom of your own body.Optimal water intake varies widely between individual needs.Things that influence the need for hydration include hard work, exercise, hot or cold weather, dry or moist climates, and one's own water metabolism.

The general rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses a day.This is enough to survive.But, for optimal health this may not be enough.For dryer climates, or more physical activity up to 12 or more may be better.

There are some formula calculations for water intake based on your gender, age, and weight.

Drink 2/3 or 67% multiplied by your body weight in Lbs.

So, 150 Lb. X .67=100.5 oz. of water is needed daily.This is around 12.5 cups.

However, there may be other variables.

Add 12 oz. of water for every 30 minutes of working out or sweating.

It might be best to pay attention to signs of excess or deficient water intake.

Signs of excess water-hyponatremia.This is actually rare.

Sensations of coldness

Weak digestion

Low energy levels

More desire to eat animal products to counterbalance cold watery properties of fruits and veggies.

No thirst

Sounds of water sloshing in stomach

Too much water can cause water toxicity and can be fatal.

Causes of excess fluids and moisture in the body: sedentary lifestyle, overconsumption of fruits and vegetables and sprouted foods, cold raw foods, cold or damp climates.

Signs of low water intake

Constipation, dry stools

Tension and tightness in muscles and body

Overeating, large appetite

Dryness, dry skin, nails, hair, mouth, throat

Feeling of thirst

Kidney damage

Feeling too warm

Chronic inflammations

Fever

Causes of dryness:Diet high in meat and eggs, high salt diet, little or no teas, soups, or cooking grains in insufficient water.Dry, hot, windy climates, physical exertion, fever.

Types of water to drink

Fresh purified alkaline water is best.It has needed minerals without chemical residues.

Avoid drinking distilled water. Although, periodically it can act as a cleanser ridding you of excess minerals and metals.Drink it for a few days, and then go back to drinking water.

Rainwater or snow water may be polluted from the atmosphere.

Well water may also be polluted.It depends on the source.Plus, wells are often in close proximity to chemical agriculture and livestock.

Recycled city water depends on how thoroughly it was cleaned, and it can be debatable.

Chlorinated water from the tap.Let it sit 30 minutes for the chlorine to evaporate.However, if there are organic substances chloroform may form, which doesn't evaporate.Chlorine destroys vitamin E from the body, is linked with vascular disease, and loss of beneficial bacteria in the colon.Prolonged swimming or bathing in chlorinated water may contribute to skin cancer.

Fluoridated water.Fluoride is added to city water based on tooth decay-prevention tests using calcium fluoride.However, it is sodium fluoride that is added instead.Sodium fluoride is an extremely toxic chemical by-product from the aluminum industry.It was originally used as rat poison.This was expensive to dispose of until cities were persuaded to add it to public water.Now, the price of sodium fluoride has risen at least 1,000%.Due to the lack of evidence to warrant its use, and other evidence of adverse effects, research in Europe led Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, and Norway to either discontinue its use, or deem its use illegal.

Problems with sodium fluoridation of water

  • Inhibits thyroid gland function, and all enzyme systems.This could be a contributor to large waste lines and bottoms.
  • Disrupts the immune system with problems like lupus, arthritis, scleroderma, cancer, other degenerative conditions.

Good qualities of fluorine found in food

  • When fluorine combines with calcium it creates a very hard surface on the teeth and bones.This is why it is thought to help with tooth decay, and it also protects the body from germs and viruses.
  • Fluorine is volatile and evaporates when cooking.However, sodium fluoride in water when heated doesn't evaporate.
  • Other natural sources of fluorine are goat's milk, seaweed, rice, rye, parsley, avocados, cabbage, and black-eyed peas.
  • Herbs high in fluorine are juniper berry, licorice, lemon grass, bancha tea twigs, and other tea plants.

The use of the herbs listed above are often used for calming the mind, and lifting the spirits as in depression and anxiety.It makes sense as drugs used for tranquilizers contain this element as in Fluoxetine Hydrochloride/Prozacâ„¢.

Sources

Pitchford, P. (1993). Healing with Whole Foods:Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition.Berkeley, CA; North Atlantic Books.