Except for air, water is our most important nutrient. We can go for weeks without food, but we can only survive for a few days without water.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Glass of Water”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
Let’s start off with talking about water quality. City water in the United States is mostly free from bacteria and parasites. However, the chlorine used to disinfect the water is very harmful.
So adding chlorine to the city water supply is a very good idea. Not removing it before we drink it is a very bad idea.
You can remove a great deal of chlorine with an inexpensive charcoal filter attached to your kitchen faucet. You can do the same with your shower head.
However, the best way to filter your city water is with a whole-house reverse-osmosis (RO) filter. We use an under-sink RO system we bought from www.freedrinkingwater.com.
All that said, I don’t think drinking even RO-filtered water meets the ideal. The best source of drinking water is a pure spring water.
Unfortunately, most spring water comes in BPA-tainted plastic bottles. If you can find spring water bottled in glass, that’s probably as good as it’s going to get.
A great source of spring water in glass, is Mountain Valley Spring Water. If you live in the Southeast, they’ll deliver 5-gallon glass bottles to your house.
Now let’s talk about how to consume water. A good rule of thumb is to drink 1⁄2 your body weight in ounces per day. In other words, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces of water in a day.
Simple enough, right? Here’s the tricky part. Our bodies can only absorb about 1 ounce every five minutes or 2 ounces every 10 minutes. So, we can’t just chug-a-lug a couple of big glasses any- time we feel like and expect our hydration needs to be met.
If we do, we’ll just pee out what the body can’t readily utilize, a few minutes later. We must sip water all day long in order to hydrate well.
There are times, when our hydration needs are high, that our ability to absorb water more quickly is enhanced. These include:
In these cases, feel free to drink at whatever rate feels comfortable and natural.
What might not be as obvious is when we get up in the morning. After a full night’s sleep, our bodies have been hard at work repairing and detoxifying from the day before.
We have an added hydration need in order to help flush toxins out when we first wake up. In addition, most of us haven’t had anything to drink since before we went to bed the night before.
So, go ahead and chug-a-lug a couple of glasses of water when you first wake up, after you’ve brushed your teeth. Once you do this for a week or so, you’ll really notice how thirsty you are if you don’t get those couple of glasses in the morning.
Large amounts of water are also needed in the small intestine in order to properly digest food. However, large amounts of water during the meal will dilute our digestive enzymes.
So, the best practice is to drink a full 8-ounce glass of water 20 minutes before meals. This way, the water will be in the small intestine where it needs to be when the food arrives.
This will enhance digestion rather than dilute it. During the meal, avoid drinking altogether. If you must have some water, sip no more than a couple of ounces to help wash things down. Wait an hour or so after meals before resuming your regular sipping of water throughout the day.
Notice I’ve been talking about water, not soda, or coffee or tea. Nothing hydrates like pure water. In fact, caffeine is a diuretic and will deplete our water stores. So, don’t count coffee, tea or soda as part of your water intake.
Yours in Health,
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