Benefits of Drinking Water and Staying Hydrated

Like the earth itself nearly three- fourths of our body consists of water. We can use water to heal, rejuvenate, clean, and purify our bodies. The benefits of drinking water are abundant.

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Water for Hydration

In saliva and stomach secretions it helps to digest food. Water in the blood helps to transport nutrients and oxygen to all of the cells of the body. In bodily fluids it helps lubricate joints and cushions organs and tissues. In urine it carries waste products out of the body and in sweat it removes body heat generated during exercise. The correct intake of water is also important to hydrate and maintain healthy skin.

It has been scientifically proven that by drinking water at particular times of the day we can maximise our water absorption. Peak times are 8am, 11am, 4pm and 8pm. It is highly recommended that you drink water slowly, 20 minutes before food and 20 minutes after food. Add some herbs e.g. camomile, basil or mint to enhance the flavour of the water will not only flavour your water but your body will benefit from the herbs as well. The normal recommended daily intake is 8 glasses of water daily.

Another way to hydrate your body and maintain hydration and good health is to take a quarter teaspoon of non aluminium bread soda in a small amount of water prior to going to bed. This medicinal use of bread soda raises the bodies PH and neutralizes body acids and has been linked to helping many cancers.

Over the past 30 years our foods are grown and processed in a very different way different to the way food were in our forefather’s time.

Diets have changed from 80% alkaline foods, to 80% acidic foods.

As a consequence our bodies have become more dehydrated and an acidic body can lead to many health problems.

I recommend that you review your intake of foods and ensure inclusion of more alkaline foods.


Dehydration Prevention

The best way to tell if you’re hydrated is to monitor your urine. You should be urinating a significant amount regularly (3-4 times) throughout the day. If your urine is pale yellow or clear in colour you are drinking enough water .If it is dark yellow and odorous, drink some water. Keep in mind that vitamin supplements can make your urine dark – so it is possible to have dark urine and still be hydrated. The first sign of dehydration is thirst. Other signs of moderate dehydration are low grade headache and fatigue.

Finally it is very beneficial to solarize your water by placing your glass water jug on a windowsill several hours before consumption. This technique will bring light to your organs and help to prevent SAD: seasonal affective disorder.

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