July 7, 2009
Where I live, in Texas, we had over 20 days in June in triple digits. Needless to say keeping sufficiently hydrated was at the top of my mind on a daily basis. But when it’s not so hot, it’s easy to get lured into thinking that I’m getting enough water.
How much water is enough? You may have heard you need to drink 8 glasses of water per day. Another source says to take how much you weigh and divide by 2. That tells you how many ounces you should drink per day.
Dr. David Brownstein, M.D. has been practicing holistic medicine for 17 years. His feeling is dehydration currently exist at epidemic rates and is an often overlooked contributor to serious illness.
Two things that contribute to dehydration in a large way are coffee and soft drinks (otherwise known as soda here in Texas). In addition, soda consumption contributes to diabetes, heart disease and even osteoporosis. Now before you go cussin’ me, I’ll be the first to admit, a can of coke really hits the spot for me on occasion. Especially if I’m feeling like my blood sugar is low. But avoiding and reducing the amount of soda you drink will help keep you hydrated and avoid diseases that can have a serious impact on your future.
If your body is composed of 70% water it stands to reason that your kidneys, liver, brain and all of your internal organs will work better when properly hydrated. Water is to the body what oil is to a cars engine.
Water also helps to detoxify the body. With all of the toxic chemicals and metals in our food and environment it’s hard to completely avoid them. Water helps dilute them and in the process flush them out of your body.
In summary, drinking more water helps you:
1) Avoid dehydration which can lead to sickness
2) Fend off illness because your internal organs are working as they should
3) Detoxify your body of foreign chemicals and free radicals
All the best,
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