Apart from breathing, hydration is probably the second most important requirement of the body. Depending upon what report you read we are only able to sustain life for 2-3 days without water, which should raise a red flag as to how important it is to human wellbeing. Our bodies are approximately 70% to 75% water, and with brain tissue being over 80% water why would you drink anything else?
Insufficient water intake renders us unable to metabolise proteins or to activate enzymes efficiently, which can lead to constipation and a whole host of other gastrointestinal issues. Once the gut becomes inflamed the environment for more serious issues is created. If left unchecked constipation can result in IBS, IBD, Dysbiosis, Mucosal Barrier Breakdown, Leaky Gut, Food Intolerances, Allergies, or H Pylori, which has been linked to Cancer.
Water is required to eliminate toxins from the body, it is required by every system within the body and is also required to maintain healthy cells and skin.
The amount of water you should drink is dependant upon your weight and there are two formulas you can use to work out the amount you should drink.
If you wish to use the imperial system the formula is:
Half your bodyweight in pounds = the total number of fluid ounces you should drink.
So a 200 pound man should drink 100 Fluid Ounces which = (100/20) = 5 Pints of water.
If you wish to use the metric system the formula is:
Your weight in Kilos x 0.033, which equals the number of litres or water you should drink.
So the same 200 pound man should drink (200/2.2) kilos x 0.033 = 3Litres of water.
So, in a nutshell, if you want your body to perform as nature intended and work at its optimum weight, the first thing you should be doing is making sure you have sufficient water for it to function properly.
I recommend that you only use filtered water or glass bottled water, with 1 pinch of premium grade Celtic Sea Salt per Litre. Avoid the white commercial grade salt sold in supermarkets. Celtic Sea Salt is brown/grey in colour and contains all of the vitamins and minerals needed to assist the body in maintaining hydration levels. These vitamins and minerals also restrict the uptake of chlorine and boost calcium, magnesium and potassium levels.
A healthy routine should involve drinking 1 pint of warm water with a slice of lemon in it, in order to stimulate the liver and aid the body in its detoxification processes. The rest of the water should be spread throughout the day but not at mealtimes because this will impair the digestion process. Any fluid taken at mealtimes will dilute the natural Hydrochloric acid produced by the body and inhibit the digestive enzymes required for optimum uptake of vitamins and minerals.
As a guideline, allow half an hour to lapse after drinking water before eating a meal and another half hour after a meal before you drink water again.
Reduce all Caffeine drinks as they will dehydrate you and try to eliminate as much alcohol as is humanly possible.
Weight Loss Tip 1, Drink more water!