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5 Steps To Smarter Hydration

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.

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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.

5 Smarter Hydration tips:

1. Remove the chlorine before drinking.

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

2. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day.

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.

3. Sip water all day long.

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.

4. Drink a full 8oz glass 20 minutes before meals.

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.

5. Avoid drinking during meals.

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.

Question: Do you drink water when you first get up? You can leave you answer in the comment section below.

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  • Gail says:

    I go to bed with a full glass of H2O by my bed so that I can chug it down immediately upon waking up.

  • Way to go Gail! I do the same thing. I can’t imagine not doing it now.

  • Chad says:

    Hi David – thanks for the article on hydration. Would like your thoughts on benefits of spring water that has been filtered vs. purified water (Reverse Osmosis). I recently read that drinking purified water could leech minerals from your body and have been drinking tap/filtered and bottled spring water. Does it matter?

    • Chad,
      This is a great question. Yes purified water does leach minerals. However, I wouldn’t worry about it unless you’re drinking distilled. Distilled water has no minerals and will powerfully leach minerals from your system. This is why pool water needs calcium. Without adequate calcium in the pool, the water will pull calcium from the marcite an ruin the pool’s surface in short order. RO water in my view is the best form of filtered water. However, the very best form of drinking water is spring water. God’s design is to prepare the water underground, and when its ready for consumption it springs to the surface. Bottled water should be in glass containers. Hope that helps.
      Yours in Health,

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