Water, water everywhere all the drops to drink!
Are you one of the millions of American citizens who are dehydrated?
It’s hard to believe in a nation with some of the cleanest, most available water that it is the most common nutritional deficiency.
What does water do?
Water is the forgotten macronutrient, but is imperative to proper, healthy bodily function.
Here are a few of its roles:
- Regulates body temperature
- Cushions bones and joints
- Flushes toxins
- Transports nutrients
- Improves cell-to-cell communications
Without adequate water intake, the body cannot properly perform nor can it stay energized throughout the day. It not only acts like a lubricant to the joints, but keeps our skin looking clear, and in imperative to sending toxins out of the body! If you experience achy joints, dry skin/problematic skin, or notice your urine colored a dark yellow, try upping your intake.
How much should you drink?
So, water is great, right? But how much should you be drinking?
A simple, effective equation to use is:
Your body weight / 2 = ____oz.
For example: 150lbs / 2 = 75oz of water
75oz of water is the equivalent of a little over a half gallon, or approximately 5, 16oz bottles of your favorite water.
This number does not take into account your daily consumption of diuretics or exercise. If you partake in either, you’ll need to add even more water into the equation (pun intended, as always). If you need additional help finding the ideal amount of water for your nutrition/physical goals, that is something I can help you with through one-on-one nutritional therapy.
But is all water created equal? Of course not…because that would be easy….
What kind of water?
First, plastic is a different topic for a different day, but just know glass > plastic in everything.
Spring water is my preferred source of water because it is naturally “processed”, contains essential minerals, and is wonderfully tasty.
Justin and I are blessed to have a spring on our property, but as most individuals are not, buying spring water from the store is a great option. Or! Even better, you can filter your own water through the Berkey (check out this blog post for a little more on the Berkey) and add my favorite mineral drops to it! Then you can add it to an awesome stainless steel water or glass water container and drink up!
The minerals in your water will also help your body “hold” on to the water you drink and utilize it, versus you just going to the bathroom every half an hour.
If you must purchase plastic, bottled water, I love this brand: Penta
And as a little bonus here is a short list of diuretic beverages for you reference:
- Peppermint Tea
- Dandelion Root Tea
- Other Herbal Teas
- Fruit Juices
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Some Medications
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Disclaimer: None of this information is intended to diagnose or treat any type of illness or disease. Always consult with your physician before making any decisions regarding your health.