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=”smart hydration”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
Adequate hydration is foundational to good health. However, most people don’t know how to consume water the way our bodies require……
If we’re going to improve our health naturally, we need to get the basics right.
Adding chlorine to the city water supply is a very good idea. It kills harmful organisms. 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 on the kitchen faucet.
Perhaps the best way to filter your city water is with a whole house reverse osmosis filter. We use an under sink RO system we bought from freedrinkingwater.com
In other words, if you weigh 140 lbs. you should drink 70 oz. of water in a day. Don’t include coffee, soda, or tea in your calculations. Nothing hydrates like pure water.
Our bodies can only absorb about 1 ounce every five minutes or 2 ounces every ten minutes. So, we can’t just chug-a-lug a couple of big glasses anytime we feel like, and expect our hydration needs to be met. If we do, we’ll just pee it out 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 and our bodies are capable of absorbing water more rapidly. These include: upon waking, or sweating during exercise, or outdoors. So go ahead and chug-a-lug a couple of glasses when you first get up. Also, drink generously when working out, and outdoors on a hot day. Your body will thank you.
This is a good practice because large amounts of water are needed in the small intestine in order to properly digest our food.
This way the water will have time to make it to the small intestine where it needs to be when the food arrives. This will also help you feel satiated more quickly.
Water with a meal will dilute our digestive enzymes. I know this sounds a bit radical. But I promise after you do it for a while, you won’t want to drink during meals. It won’t feel right.
If it’s just too dry to get down, make it a couple of ounces max. Wait an hour or so after meals before resuming your regular sipping of water throughout the day.
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