Last time we talked about how eating an organic diet is the first part in beginning to lead a healthier life. Now I’ll talk about the next most important step which will help you feel better in all aspects of life, water!
#2 Drink Pure Water And Lots Of It
Water flows through every cell of our bodies, cleansing and renewing us constantly. Even though we are made of a lot of muscle and bone, our bodies are about 75% water. We need water to survive. We’ve all been told we can go weeks and even months without food, but only three days without water.
Unfortunately, we have polluted almost every source of water available to us. Toxins from industrial and agricultural runoff, animal wastes, heavy metal mining, land fills, chemical dumps, acid rain, leaking septic tanks, metal, and plastics all flow into our drinking water. Our water has been shown to contain more than 2,000 toxic chemicals, most of which can’t be removed by our water treatment plants. Our treatment plants main purpose is to disinfect the water, but they use chlorine which is also toxic. Chlorine combines with these contaminants to form powerful cancer-causing substances. And not only are we drinking this water, but we absorb it while bathing, showering, swimming and brushing our teeth.
A lot of us are chronically dehydrated as well. Do you think you drink enough water? The standard rule is to drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces everyday. So if you weigh 120 pounds, you should in theory, drink 60 ounces of water a day. For myself, and others who are heavily detoxing or ill, we need to drink way more. Sometimes I can drink up to a gallon a day. You need to make sure you’re urinating at least once every two hours and make sure your urine is very pale yellow to clear, that shows adequate hydration.
We need water to complete multiple chemical processes in our body. Without enough water, we can have a variety of symptoms such as, sluggishness, dizziness, dark circles under our eyes, urinary infections, acne, etc.
So what can we do?
*If you can afford it, get a whole house filter. If not, you can get some inexpensive filters to put on each sink and shower filters as well to reduce your exposure to the toxins through your skin.
*Don’t drink tap water, ever!
*Use bottled water that has been purified and is in BPA free bottles.
*I recommend that people add a pinch of some pink himalayan salt to their drinking water once in a while to make sure you’re getting adequate electrolytes and minerals.
*Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces, more if you’re detoxing or ill.
We can all benefit from drinking more water. And if you don’t like the taste or are tired of drinking it, add a little lemon, lime, cucumber slices or fruit to it to make your own flavored water. It’s yummy and refreshing plus you’ll enjoy the extra energy, clearer eyes and skin and a body that just feels great overall!