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Contributor Paul Pitchford from HEALING WITH WHOLE FOODS
Water is the most abundant nutrient in the body, comprising two-thirds of the body’s mass. People make efforts to obtain unadulterated food but neglect to find water of similar quality. Every type of water has its own unique quality. Rain water tastes lighter, well water is more mineralized, river, lake, and spring water each has their own qualities.
One of the most important principals regarding our personal water consumption I believe is listening to the wisdom of our body, and drinking accordingly to our own thirst. So often we are told drink 8 glasses of water a day and other recommendations that perhaps are not for every individual constitutions or needs, not to mention any reference to the quality of water and the temperature of it when consumed.
If large amounts of water are ingested for reasons such as hard work or internal heat, is best done at least thirty minutes before or one hour after meals. Otherwise digestive enzymes and secretions are diluted, and food nutrients are not effectively extracted. When water is taken with meals it is best to drink small amounts and warm perhaps a warm tea is a great idea.
The optimal water intake varies widely, every persons requirement is different.Thirst is an important indicator of the need for water, this not always a conscious choice.
Key Factors that Influence Personal Water Needs
Water requirements are lessened by:
Consumption of fruit, vegetable, and sprouted foods
Cold deficient conditions
Cold and damp climates
Water requirements are increased by
Consumption of more meat, eggs, or salty foods
Fever, heat, or excess conditions
Dry, hot, or windy climates
Major properties of water
Too much water from any source can cause coldness sensations, actual dehydration, lost of minerals, weakness in digestion and lost of energy of the hole body. In Chinese healing traditions, states that an excess of water depletes the Digestive Fire of the spleen- pancreas and hinders the kidney-adrenals ability to provide warmth energy (yang qi).This applies especially to cold water and cold foods (salads, fruits etc)
In the other hand insufficient water consumption causes toxicity of the body as well as constipation, tension, tightness, overeating,inflammation, dryness, and kidney damage.
When drinking water it is recommended to drink slowly, this helps the body to absorb it better.
The amount of water intake will significantly influence longterm health
Figure: Water composition in different parts of human body
Photo courtesy to soulutionsfitness.ca
Water is responsible for dissolving most of nutrients, minerals, and substances in the biological processes in human body. It transports the required amount of essentials to different parts of body and also provides a moist environment for our ear, nose and throat tissues. Water is also play a vital role in flushing waste and toxins out of bodies.
How much should you drink every day?
This question looks very simple but there are no easy answers. Over the period of time multiple recommendations are available to this question:
Before answering the question, let see what are factors involved for calculating daily intake of water:
- The climate, where do you live?
- What is the nature of your work?
- How is your health status?
- How active are you?
- Does your activity make you sweat?
- Are you an athlete?
After considering the above points, there isn’t specific formula available at this moment, which can fit to everyone. Multiple research and studies have been produced on this subject, with different recommendations over the period of time. Here are some of them:
Daily Water Requirements: Drink 50-75% of your body weight in Ounces (Oz).
Sedentary people: 50%
Active people: 75%
See example for a person with 150 Pound
|Sedentary People||Active People|
|Body WeightFor example take 150 Pound||50% of 150 = 75 Ounces(2.2 Liters or 9 Cups)||75% of 150 = 112.5 Ounces(3.3 Liters or 14 Cups)|
|Hot or humid weather||+16 Oz(½ Liter or 2 Cups)||+16 Oz(½ Liter or 2 Cups)|
|Strenuous Exercise||+16 Oz(½ Liter or 2 Cups)||+16 Oz(½ Liter or 2 Cups)|
|Total per day||107 Oz(3.2 Liters or 13 Cups)||144.5 Oz(4.3 Liters or 18 Cups)|
Note: This is only an estimate. This may very person to person.
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