A SIMPLE HEALTH FIX TO INCREASE YOUR HEALTH AND VITALITY
I suspect you know this already (to an extent).
But the reality is that the majority of people on the planet are really bad at doing this thing.
So I am here to remind you.
And to remind you that there are significant downsides – health wise – when you skip this.
What I am talking about DRINKING AN ADEQUATE QUANTITY OF WATER EVERY DAY.
And no I am not talking about coffee, tea, soda’s, fruit drinks, or the likes.
It might come as a surprise to you, but your blood is not made of coffee, beer or Coca-cola.
I decided to send this important reminder to you today, as I was recently reading a book called ‘Your Bodies Many Cries For Water‘ by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj.
Dr. Batmanghelidj has an amazing story. He trained as a doctor at London University and practiced in the UK, before returning to his home country of Iran, where in 1979 he was jailed as a political prisoner during the Iranian Revolution. While in prison, he discovered the healing powers of water. One night, Dr. B. had to treat a fellow prisoner with crippling peptic ulcer pain. With no medications at his disposal, Dr. B. gave him two glasses of water. Within eight minutes, his pain disappeared. He was then instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and the patient became absolutely pain free for his four remaining months in the prison.
Sr B ended up treating about 3000 prisoners – with only water – during his time in prison.
He also requested to stay an extra 4-months after his release date, so he could finish research he was doing into the relationship of dehydration and bleeding peptic ulcer disease.
Dr B also talks about the effects of dehydration on things like arthritis, as well as gut issues.
The beautiful thing about this insight, recommendation and suggestion, is that it is VERY EASY to TRIAL it yourself and see if it makes a difference.
Don’t take mine or Dr. Batmanghelidj’s word for it.
Most of us have heard the 8 glasses of water a day (about 250ml x 8 = 2 litres) recommendation.
Unfortunately, most of us think it is not that big a deal to miss the mark; plus many assume all liquids are created equal.
After all, beer is made from lots of water.
Or a coffee is riddled with water.
Sorry, but I have some bad news when it comes to the non-water drinks.
Many of them are diuretics – especially caffeine drinks – which is the most common daily drink of choice these days.
A diuretic means they help you LOSE water.
Most people do not need to lose more water.
So if someone is consuming a lot of tea or coffee through the day, they might need to add extra water than the 8 glasses.
But here is the deal…
Most people don’t drink enough water, so if you drink more than you normally do, you will be able to discern if it makes you feel better.
Does drinking more water make your head clearer, your elimination process easier (aka: pooping), your stomach more settled, your joints ache less, and provide you with more vitality???
That is all I am asking of you.
Increase your water intake for 2-4 weeks and feel what the outcome is.
That’s not too hard.
And of course, drink the best water you can access.
Which usually means with some sort of filtration.
A controversial (but poorly understood) additive
As you may have already seen, I talk about the MASSIVE difference between ‘table salt’ (sodium chloride) and the mineral-rich natural salts like Celtic or Himalayan salts.
There is a big difference between using lots of table salt or eating processed foods high in sodium chloride; and eating fresh, real foods, seasoned with a Celtic or Himalayan salt.
There is no real comparison in my opinion.
My body needs minerals for optimum health and electrical communication in my body.
I regularly take a pinch of Himalayan salt (mineral-rich) before I drink a glass of water, to help the water get into my cells.
I find a pinch of salt, with a glass of water, also wakes me up.
Try it, and see for yourself (however do not do it with table salt, which is essentially highly processed ‘junk food’).
How does it affect your mental clarity?
So many times we are feeling flat and all we need is to hydrate.
I know you know this – so don’t roll your eyes.
JUST DO IT!!!
The main message
Most people are dehydrated (from a little to a lot).
Dehydration can be affecting your body with symptoms you may not realized are linked (i.e. joint pain or gut issues).
Aim to drink 8 glasses of (pure) WATER a day.
More if you are drinking coffee / caffeine or alcohol throughout the day.
(I personally drink 4-6 litres a day, and keep my electrolytes and minerals up with a pinch of Himalayan salt here and there, plus seasoning on my food).
Increase your water intake over 2-4 weeks and see if it makes a difference.
My Parting words
Even mild dehydration can be affecting us physically and mentally.
Set yourself a health challenge for 14 days, to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day (or at least 50% more than you do now) and see the effects.
Does it make a difference?
Try a pinch of quality mineral salt (Celtic or Himalayan), before drinking a glass of water; when you are feeling a little scattered and see if it makes a difference.
Have a wonderfully hydrated day and a water-rich kinda week.
See you next week.