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Suddenly, there are articles all over the media about that 8 glasses of water that we are supposed to be downing every day.
But some experts are now debunking that recommendation, and even suggesting that the rule was invented by plastic water bottle companies to ensure an increase in their profits by driving a steady growth in the use of bottled water over the years.
While it is true that we all need hydration - and plenty of it - to detox all those poisons and chemicals that our bodies are exposed to on a daily basis, it would probably be more accurate to say that we need the equivalent of two liters of fluid from food and drink including of course water.
Eat water-rich food - especially fruit and vegetables
Dr. Spero Tsindos from La Trobe University says most people get enough water from their foods and beverages - including tea and coffee. He says that thirty years ago you didn't see a plastic water bottle anywhere but that now they appear as fashion accessories. Dr. Tsindos believes that encouraging people to drink more water is driven by vested interests, rather than a need for better health, citing that research has also revealed that consuming water in food has a greater benefit in weight reduction than avoiding foods altogether and that people should be told that beverages such as tea and coffee contribute to a person's fluid needs and, despite their caffeine content, do not lead to dehydration. He says: "We need to maintain fluid balance and should drink water, but also consider fluid in unprocessed fruits and vegetables and juices."
I suggest that many people find it hard to drink 8 glasses of water only throughout the day - and each and every day. Of course if it is hot and summer time, knocking back that 8 glasses is not so difficult but in the winter months, it can be a different story. I am glad to read that including cups of tea and freshly juiced veggies and fruits in your daily intake along with some glasses of water will do the job of hydration just as well.
Why water is so important
This is because our body is made up of 70% water, our brain 85% water, our blood 90% water and our liver (which filters out toxins) 96% water.
We will survive for weeks without food but only three days without water. Chronic dehydration can mimic symptoms of disease, such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability and depression. And it is said that many overweight Americans misinterpret feelings of hunger when they are actually dehydrated and in need of water rather than food.
Water loss occurs all day long through respiration, perspiration, urination and elimination. In fact an indication of being well hydrated is to urinate about 1.5 liters of pale yellow urine daily. If this is you, then you are on the right track for healthy hydration and the dilution and elimination of toxins. Listen to your body and drink water accordingly. People who are more active, live in warmer climates, are suffering from an illness or who are pregnant or nursing may need to consume more water, because they are losing more fluids from their bodies than others.
Can you drink too much water?
The opposite of dehydration is hyponatremia or water intoxication.
Drinking too much water in too short a time overwhelms the kidneys and can cause a sudden drop in blood sodium levels. Sodium is one of the body's electrolytes (the others are potassium, chloride and bicarbonate). A drop in sodium leads to water entering the brain, causing it to swell. Results include lethargy, disorientation, confusion, seizures, coma and death. But be comforted by the fact that hyponatremia will not happen to people who spread their normal intake of water over the course of a day.
What are those water-rich foods?
These include apples, apricots, bean sprouts, boiled chicken, raw cucumbers, raw eggplant, grapes, lettuce head, oranges, fresh peaches, green peppers, raw potatoes, strawberries, roasted turkey and watermelon.
Ensure a good selection of these water-rich foods in your daily diet and you will be on the right track along with your several glasses of water and other liquids (but of course not sodas of any type).
And when you drink your water, use a glass of pure, filtered water and not a plastic bottle of water from an unknown source which may have travelled thousands of miles to reach you, leached chemicals from its plastic container and cost the earth in non-renewable resources.
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