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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Holistic Hottie™: How Much Water Is Enough?

Current research suggests drinking 1/2 your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water daily. If someone weights 140 lbs, they would want to drink 70 ounces** of water each day. If the person is active or under a lot of stress (emotional and/or physical), they should drink more.

Your urine should be a pale yellow. If it's clear, you're either drinking too much or absorbing too little. If it's a deep yellow (and you're not taking riboflavin (vitamin B2) or a multi-vitamin), you might not be getting enough water.

Water:

  • Is essential for digestion, nutrient absorption and elimination
  • Aids circulation
  • Helps control body temperature
  • Lubricates the connective tissue (especially in combination with MELT)
  • Keeps the skin healthy and glowing
  • Helps remove toxins from your body

If you don't have a water filter, good brands include: Evian, Volvic and Jana. If you can, buy from companies that sell their water in a glass bottle to avoid exposure to carcinogens from plastic. One company that does this is Mountain Valley.

To replace electrolytes and enhance cellular absorption, add a pinch or two of quality sea salt (I like grey Celtic and pink Himalayan) to your water. Don't fear real salt. Fear regular white table salt (NaCl) which is deplete of nutrients and is linked to disease. As my mentor Paul Chek says: "If it's white, don't eat it".

If table salt is in your cupboard, please consider throwing it away.

** 1 Liter = approx. 34 ounces

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the water measurment note and sea salt idea. I was thinking about electrolytes the other day and was thinking of drinking more gatorade. I never though about seasalt.

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  2. I've switched out sea salt (okay, Wegman's brand-it doesn't say where it's from) for regular salt and I swear I'm less puffy this PMS-time. Amazing. It would be nice if I was not puffy at all, but I'll take it!-RL

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  3. Where do you get REAL salt and can you use it in place of table salt to season food?

    Thanks

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  4. You can purchase REAL salt (grey/Celtic sea salt) from your local health foods store like Whole Foods.

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