You can live without food for weeks, but take away water and you’ll be dead in a few days.
We live on a planet mostly of water.
We came from water.
People don’t understand how powerful water can be…
We ARE Water
Around 71 percent of the Earth is covered in water.
Without water, there would be no life.
Just as the Earth is mostly made of water, so is your body. We are liquid creatures that originated from the sea. According to H.H. Mitchell, from the Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73 percent water and the lungs are about 83 percent water. The skin contains 64 percent water, muscles are nearly 80 percent water and the kidneys are also around 80 percent water. It is estimated that the human body averages out to anywhere from 60 to 75 percent water.
Pure water is so essential to life that, after oxygen, it’s the first major thing that we need to survive. People can live without food for more than 40 days. Take water out of the equation, however, and you will be hard pressed to find anyone who can survive more than a week.
We Are Dehydrated, Not Hungry
As a society, we need to be drinking more water. There is no question about it. Nearly all of us are dehydrated. People gulp down soda, coffee, orange juice, alcohol and other liquids, but hardly drink the substance that’s sustained us for all of existence.
Most of the time when we think we are hungry, we really aren’t. We’re simply thirsty, but we misinterpret thirst for hunger because we are so out of tune with our bodies. Tuning into true hunger and distinguishing it from toxic hunger or thirst is a key concept in achieving optimal health. We need to get more in touch with our bodies and start paying attention to what they are telling us. If you are aiming to lose weight, simply drinking a glass or 2 of water when you feel hungry can be all you need to do to shed the pounds.
Here’s an example of toxic hunger vs true hunger:
Have you ever felt hungry while on the road but couldn’t stop to eat? You may have kept on driving and eventually forgotten that you were hungry earlier. If this has ever happened to you, you experience “false hunger.” If you were truly hungry, then you would have been hungry even after you continued your drive. Many times this false hunger is simply our thirst mechanism. If that’s the case, you can get a glass or two of water and drink it. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t do this.
True hunger is in the mouth. False hunger usually results from boredom or lack of things to do. It may even result from a lack of drive or purpose. When we are engaged in an exciting activity we aren’t hungry. Beyonce once went 2 days without eating because she was so engaged with her work. I’m not saying to go days without eating (although fasting has many benefits and I do suggest a 1 day water fast every month)… What I am getting at here is that having passion and drive and something you want to do and can get fully immersed in can help fight boredom and false hunger. It also helps to create a bigger sense of purpose, which, is overall conducive for reaching the highest levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Don’t Drink Contaminated Water!
In addition to not getting enough water every day, when many people drink water, they are drinking contaminated water. According to an article published by the New York Times, between 2004 and 2009, “the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage.” Public water also contains pharmaceutical residues. Whenever we drink water from a tap, we drink pharmaceutical residues unless the water has been filtered.
If that hasn’t convinced you to buy a really good water filter, I don’t know what will.
Don’t Bathe In Toxic Water Either!
It’s not just the water that we drink that increases our exposure to pharmaceuticals, toxic chemicals, radioactive substances and bacteria. Every time we take a shower, if we do not have a shower filter, the water we shower with absorbs through our skin, carrying with it chemicals and toxins. These then circulate through our blood. These toxins make their way to the liver where they will be processed and eventually excreted. When showering, the hot water opens up our pores so there is easier access for the toxins in the water to enter our body. We absorb more toxic chemicals from the water that we bathe in than from the water that we drink, so getting a shower filter might be more important than getting a drinking filter!
The toxins we drink and absorb through bathing can, and do, negatively affect us. Our liver has to work even harder to filter these things out of our bodies. These toxins can cause damage, such as oxidative stress, on the way to the liver. Even worse, they have the capability to be absorbed by our fat cells and stay in our body for long periods of time. Drinking and bathing in filtered water is one of the best things you can do for your health. After getting my first shower filter, my skin and hair became softer and I stopped getting dandruff. It was definitely a smart decision to buy a shower filter. Getting a filter from a local health food store, investing in a more advanced filter such as a UV and reverse osmosis filter, or going all out and getting the highest end filter for your home should be close to the top of the list for ways to improve your long-term health. There are filters specifically designed for your shower that you should definitely get.
Filters I Recommend:
Over the counter filter – AquaTru Countertop Water Filter
Shower filters: Aquasana AQ-4100NSH Premium Shower Filter without Shower Head
I recommend getting one of the shower filters based on the height of your ceiling (one filter faces up while the other faces down) and the get an awesome shower head. Something like this. You can also get shower heads from your local hardware store.
How Much Water Do We Need?
We need a minimum of half of our body weight in ounces of water every day. So someone who is 120 pounds needs to drink at least 60 ounces, or almost eight cups of pure water every single day. This does not count the water in soda, coffee, alcohol, or energy drinks. All of those things are actually dehydrating to us. This is 100-percent straight water with nothing added. This is what our body is made out of. This is what we need to survive and thrive.
Awesome Hack To Get In The Right Amount Of Water
Here is an awesome hack to make sure you’re drinking enough water.
Buy a water bottle so that you are conserving energy and the helping the environment. I use this one.
Once you have your water bottle, figure out how many ounces you need to be drinking each day. This is ½ of your body weight in pounds. So a 120 pound girl should be drinking 60 ounces of water minimum.
If a 120 pound person buys the klean kanteen, which is 20 ounces, then they’ll need to drink 3 full containers a day in order to get 60 ounces. To make sure 3 full containers get drank, put 3 rubber bands on the bottom of the container. After drinking one full container, move the rubber band to the top.
I am 160 pounds, so I need 80 ounces, or 4 full containers of water each day. I also exercise and sweat a lot, so I add in another 2 rubber bands. This is what my kanteen looks like after drinking 3 containers.
As you just read, getting in the right amount of the right kind of water is crucial for optimal health. This is one of the most foundational things you can do for clear skin, ample energy, balanced weight and optimal health.
If you don’t have water filters or the other things mentioned in this article, get them!
For even more information about ways to get clearer skin and optimal health, check out the Clear Skin Nutrition book!
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