Did you know that if you don’t drink enough water, it can lead to kidney infection, failure, and peeing blood?
Pretty horrific stuff, huh? I think I’ll just leave the crimson red color to grace Santa’s coat this Xmas, and shoot for balance instead.
Drinking plenty of water helps your body regulate body temperature, prevent constipation, flush waste products out of the body, and perform many other important functions.
Going back to the original model of Stress Management, when you are experiencing distress, it’s either because you are doing something too much, too little, or incorrectly.
Too little water equals renal failure
Too much leads to blood/sodium imbalance
The symptoms of overhydration look a lot like those of dehydration, according to Tamara Hew-Butler, DPM, PhD, an exercise science professor at Oakland University
When you drink too much water, your kidneys become unable to rid of the excess liquid and water starts to collect in the body. This can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, often including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, and fatigue.
When you drink too much water, the salt concentration in your blood reduces, causing the cells in the organs throughout your body to swell. When your salt concentration is low, your cells grow. When you drink too much water, your brain actually grows in size and presses against the skull. This added pressure can cause a throbbing headache and more serious health problems such as brain impairment and trouble breathing. http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/drinking-too-much-water/
If you pee more than 10 times a day, that may be a good indicator to chill out on the water intake
Also, if you believe clear urine is the healthiest sign of hydration, you may be overhydrating, since having urine with no pigmentation at all means you are saturated with water. You want the sweet spot between clear and dark yellow. The nice transparent yellow color.
To keep from becoming out of balance, replace a couple glasses of water with coconut water, which is full of electrolytes.
Smart Water and Essentia are 2 common types of bottled water that will keep you in check. Though you can still overdue it.
Incorrect water leads to toxicity
Tap water is filled with contaminants like pesticides, industrial chemicals (fluoride!), prescription medications (such as birth control), chlorine, and toxic metals from old pipes and other sources.
Refrigerator filters don’t perform very well. Sure, they’re better than nothing, but you’re still getting way too much junk in your body.
Reverse Osmosis is great. I installed one in my home years ago, and when using a ppm meter, it removed way more junk than the fridge filter did. It has a much more thorough process which gets rid of dissolved salts, Lead, Mercury, Calcium, Iron, Asbestos, Fluoride, Chlorine, and Cysts, but it will not remove some pesticides, solvents and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs)
Distilled water is as clean as it gets. Through the process of distillation, you are actually left with nothing but pure water. Jeff Primack, author of Conquering Any Disease, recommends everybody to drink about 50% of their water intake in this way. And if you have arthritis, drink nothing but distilled for a month and see what that does for you. It will leech the inorganic minerals (tiny rocks) from your joints and bloodstream that are causing inflammation. And so long as you drink plenty of healthy smoothies and use oceanic salt regularly, you’ll never have to worry about a mineral deficiency.
“Distilled water is close to a neautral pH and has no effect on the body’s acid/base balance. Distilled water is safe to drink, and the kind of water I use myself.” – Andrew Weil, M.D.
You may want to get the 5 gallon hard plastic containers as opposed to the 1 gallon milk carton style jugs, as the plastic seems less likely to be leeched into the water. Be your own judge by taste. I don’t have a measuring device, personally.
Well, that’s enough for now. More detail in the book to come :)