How Much Water Should We Drink?
Water water everywhere. How much should really you drink? Is eight glasses of day enough? Relying on your thirst is not the best way to determine whether or not you’re dehydrated!
Across the board, exact water recommendations vary (from doctors to naturopaths), but I asked my lifelong best friend (who is a licensed raw food nutritionist) and she was very bold in her declaration! “Half your weight in ounces, daily,” she said, without batting an eye.
“Water, alone, will not hydrate the body; electrolytes are lost through physical AND emotional stress, so it’s important to hydrate with key electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium.”
She also recommended adding a fourth of a teaspoon of Pink Himalayan or Celtic Grey Sea Salt to every quart of drinking water. She warned, “If you are exercising or it’s a really hot day, drink extra. Thirst can especially be off (as an indicator) for kids and the elderly. The best way to tell if you need to drink more? Check the color of your urine. It should be a light yellow. Like lemonade. Not a dark yellow like apple juice.”
She recommends drinking half of your body weight in ounces per day, because increasing water intake can boost the metabolism by as much as seven percent! For example, if you are 150 pounds, she recommends drinking 75 ounces of water a day. “I have many patients and clients who say they dislike the taste of water,” she says. “I remind them that even foods help them meet their hydration needs. Vegetables and cooked grains are prime examples; and, caffeine is not the big monster dehydrator many people think it is,” she added, “so I don’t discourage a glass of unsweetened tea of a cup of morning coffee.” (That’s good news!)
Tomorrow, we’ll find out why silver tooth fillings can impact your health and what, if anything, increased water intake can do about that.
Stay tuned. There’s a lot we never knew before. That ends now.
Life is Short. Stay hydrated!