Now how much is enough?
Drink until your thirst is quenched. You need to understand the difference between real thirst and thirst that is created by food that cause an irritation in the stomach. It includes drinks such as coffee, tea and wine because it actually fools you by making you feel thirsty. This kind of thirst cannot be satisfied with water. Excess water will just weaken the digestive juices and do more harm than good. “If you insist on eating and drinking these kinds of products which makes you feel thirsty, then sip half a glass of water slowly”, said Tim Spong (Food Combining, 1993). Food and water should never be consumed at the same time. Your body releases digestive juices when you start to chew. These juices are crucial for the digestive tract. If you drink water with the food, the digestive juices are diluted and flushed away with the water, causing your digestive system to be slowed down, which can lead to various serious problems such as ulcers.
Water is the essence of life and is essential to our wellbeing, but we need to use it correctly. If we ignore our thirst and replace it with other type of drinks our bodies will not be able to function properly. Water has many functions. It acts like a lubricant for our joints and a transporter of waste in our bodies. It controls our temperature and can supply minerals in hard water areas. What kind of water should we drink – tap water, bottled water or filtered water? First mentioned should be avoided as there are many substances added to ensure no germs survive. Great, the bugs are gone, but what about the chlorine and metals that are in excess of accepted safety limits. According to various researches done by Dr. M.Donohoe (Sidney), Dr. R.Pataki (New Jersey), chlorine by-products added to our water is a major cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It destroys Vitamin E and Vitamin C and correlates directly to heart disease over time. Surely boiled water is acceptable? Absolutely not! Boiling water removes bacteria and most of the chlorine but concentrate the fluoride, aluminium and other metals more, making the problem worse.
Bottled purified water is the best, but can cost you an arm and a leg, especially if you are planning to wash your face with it. Using pure water on your face and body will reduce the ageing process and help solving skin problems such as eczema.
There are many types of water filters on the market to purify your water. Which one to use is entirely up to your situation and where you live. A favourite these days are the reverse osmosis purifiers. The system only allows small molecules, mainly water, to pass through. It is an expensive system, but if you focus on your health, the cost of this purifier is all worth it.
If you are one of those people that just can’t drink water or the thought of water makes you ill, you should consider a lacto-fermented beverage. Jordin Rubin (The Makers Diet, 2004) said that “lacto-fermented beverages have supplied beneficial probiotics, enzymes and minerals, rapid hydration and enhanced digestion to people throughout the world”. He believes that the typical beverages such as kefir, grape cooler and natural ginger ale outperform water because of their ability to reduce thirst. A last word of advice – stay out of swimming pools that are chlorinated. Your skin pores are wider in hot weather and the absorption rate of the chlorine through your skin is much more dangerous.
Resources The Makers Diet (Jordan S. Ruben) 2004 Food Combining (Tim Spong and Vicki Peterson) 1993