This week, we (Marian and I) thought we would write a couple of posts on the topic of natural health basics. From our experience,  folks who add just a few of these practical fundamentals to their lifestyle, get results. When they do a little more, they feel even better. Today, I want to discuss the importance of water. Some ideas I discuss here may be different from what you’ve heard before, so please read on.

How Much Water Should I Drink Every Day?

About 60 percent of the human body is made of water, and a lot of water is secreted every day. This includes water that is lost in waste products, through perspiring and through the lungs.  The quantity of water you must drink daily depends upon how much you weigh, how much water you lose to perspiration and the kinds of foods you eat. For example, a man who weighs 200 pounds and works out a lot or does heavy physical labor will require a higher daily water intake.

That makes sense, but what does the food I eat have to do with how much water  I consume?

The water you ingest that is contained within vegetables, salads and fruits is more important than the water you drink from a cup.

High water content food nourishes and hydrates the body more than external sources. For illustration, it’s like coming home after having been away for 2 weeks in the hot summer to an almost dead lawn. You put a hose on the brown water-hungry grass every day and yet it gets only slightly greener and has little growth. Fortunately, it pours rain a few days later for several hours and the following day you awake to a lusher, greener lawn. The water in the veggies and fruits is like the rain!

People who eat mostly a low water content diet such as meat and potatoes, pasta, dessert and junk food need more water. Their body is using available water to move the fecal load out of the body. The rest is allocated to body metabolic functions and to removing other toxic waste. These people end up running ”short’ on water which can lead to or exacerbate current health problems. For example, people suffering from asthma must drink enough to keep the mucous from thickening in their lungs.

I eat a ‘dry diet’ and drink little water, but I have a few cups of coffee and 3 or 4 sodas every day. Is that OK?

You should drink enough purified water so that your urine has a very light yellow color when you look in the toilet bowl after urinating.

Those beverages you mentioned do not count towards your optimal fluid intake. Tea, coffee, sodas and alcohol have water, but do not hydrate the body in the same way as fresh pure water.

 I am confused. Then how much water should I drink every day? 

You should drink enough purified water so that your urine has a very light yellow color when you look in the toilet bowl after urinating. It should have minimal or no odor. On the other hand, if your urine has a dark yellow/orange color and smells strong, you aren’t getting enough water. Be aware that urine turns a darker yellow when you take a B vitamin complex.

What to do?

First, increase veggies, salads and fruits into your diet. Veggie juices count too. Next, drink enough purified water so that your urine is light yellow with little to no odor depending upon your weight and activity levels. Therefore, you must drink more when you are physically active and also on those days when you don’t eat enough high water content food.

Using the above method, the total number of eight ounce glasses you consume may be as high as 8 or 9 and as low as 4 or 5.

Also, many people have found that by sipping a few mouthfuls of water at a time frequently throughout the day hydrates them better than just by gulping down glass after glass over longer intervals, especially as they introduce pure water into their lifestyle. Think of parched soil in a potted house plant. If you pour a glass of water on the soil quickly, the water will run off. But if you add water gradually, the dry earth will absorb it over time. If you haven’t hydrated properly over the years, you may find yourself urinating more frequently as you increase water intake because your body got used to less than optimal fluid levels and created a hydration ‘set point.’ Any ‘excess’ water above the set point is excreted. You raise this set point to a higher optimum level when you increase your water intake through changes in your lifestyle.

How long does it take for my body to become fully hydrated?

It takes about a month of eating high water content foods and drinking enough pure water daily in the ways I have previously outlined.

Your body loses water weight by favoring pure water over toxic bloat.

I feel bloated. Won’t drinking more cause me to swell up even more and gain weight?

No. If someone loses 8 pounds on the first week of their healthy lifestyle, very little of that loss is fat. Mostly, it’s water. The body has retained as much water as it possibly can even if it is ‘toxic’ due to bad lifestyle habits, which results in toxic laden water being absorbed by the tissues. The body reasons that any water is better than none at all for it to function properly. So when people who are bloated or have swelling of body tissues ingest more water through good food and drinking, the body lets go of the ‘bloat’ (excess toxic fluid) in favor of the pure water. Make sense? For many people with these issues, it’s a good enough reason to properly hydrate.

Buy a reverse osmosis machine.

Don’t buy plastic bottled water. A reverse osmosis machine installed under your kitchen sink will pay for itself many times over as you replace commercial bottled water with your own containers filled with reverse osmosis purified water. It’s better for your body, your wallet and the environment. If you don’t like drinking water by itself, add a squeeze of lime, lemon or other fresh fruit.

Get into ‘the drink’ – have enough pure water every day. 

Higher energy levels, disease symptom reduction, lessened tissue swelling and weight loss are the noticeable benefits you can see in just a few weeks. So drink up and eat higher water content foods!

If you try some of these suggestions, let us know how they are working for you. We are always glad to hear your comments.