4 Mistakes You May be Making When It Comes To This Vital Nutrient

Water is an essential life giving and life sustaining nutrient.  It is the body’s most important constituent, making up 70% of the body’s composition.

Water’s important roles in the body are often overlooked.  We need water to moisten the tissues in the body, regulate body temperature, and lubricate our joints.  Water also keeps our elimination patterns regular, dissolves minerals and nutrients so that they are accessible to the body, carries nutrients, hormones, chemical messengers, and oxygen to the cells, and flushes out waste products from the liver and kidneys.  Optimal water intake even benefits the appearance of your skin by giving you a dewy, radiant complexion and softening fine lines and wrinkles.

Be sure to filter your water first to minimize the increasing amount of toxins in our drinking water.

Unfortunately, many, many people are making the same mistakes with water that keeps optimal vitality and health just out of reach.

So let's begin with the most obvious mistake that people are making when it comes to water:

1)Not Drinking Enough

Chronic dehydration is widespread and leads to the autointoxification of the body.  Dehydration is commonly overlooked with conventional disease treatment.  Pharmaceuticals are often utilized to improve symptoms rather than addressing the root of the problem.

Here is a list of some of the many diseases or conditions that may be caused by, or made worse, with dehydration:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Rheumatism
  • High and Low Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Gastric Disorders
  • Premature Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Constipation
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  •  Acid-Alkaline Imbalance

So what can you do about it? 

  1. Examine the color or your urine to determine whether or not you are drinking enough water.  Your urine should be clear, unless vitamins have been taken.
  2. Drink a minimum of ½ ounce for every pound of body weight.  Any less will put stress on the kidneys, as they will need to work harder to concentrate the urine and excrete as many toxins in a smaller amount of water. 
  3. I recommend that clients prepare this water in the beginning of the day to be sure they are drinking enough.  In the summer, you can keep it cold in the refrigerator adding cucumber slices, watermelon or strawberry slices, and orange or lemon slices.  Yum!  In the winter, you can just keep it on hand to put it on the stove for hot lemon water or herbal infusions.
  4. Try to keep your water in a glass vessel or stainless steel container that is BPA free.  Even BPA free plastic bottles are being shown to be just quite toxic.  We don’t want to be swigging down toxins with our water.
  5. Drink at least 2 cups of water first thing in the morning to rehydrate after sleep.
  6. Drink water in 8 or 16 oz. portions throughout the day.
  7. The only other substance that replenishes the body as well as pure water is an herbal infusion, as long as the herb being used does not act as a diuretic.  No, coffee, tea, soda, and juice can NOT take the place of that cup of water.

2)Drinking large amount of water with meals

I see this mistake often and used to be guilty of it myself.  Many of us are guzzling glass after glass of water with meals.  Why is this a no-no?

We want our digestive juices to be as potent as possible during meals so that digestion and assimilation are optimal.  However, when we drink water with the meal, it dilutes our stomach acid, bile, and digestive enzymes.

In Ayurveda, liquids taken during the meal, especially cold liquids, are thought to put out the digestive fire or agni.

Toxic waste in the body will build up over time if digestive enzymes are not allowed to do their job.

So what can you do about it?

  1. Drink at least 2 cups of water 30 minutes before meals in order to prepare the digestive tract.
  2. Drink water two and a half hours after a meal in order to allow ample time for the process of digestion and to replenish the body with fluids after nutrient breakdown.
  3. During the meal, try to limit your water intake to small sips of room temperature water.

3)Ignoring water as a potent detoxifier

As mentioned earlier, water is absolutely essential for flushing waste products out of the liver and the kidneys.  It can also lubricate the intestines for more frequent bowel movements, which is very important in the game of detoxification.

So what can you do about it?

For a detoxification protocol, drink 4.2 liters of water in 20 oz. portions throughout the day.  Continue for 3-5 weeks for chronic problems or just one week for a general health remedy.  This creates a washing effect of the tissues in the body that releases toxins.

4)Not taking into account your constitution

In Ayurveda, water that is too cold is thought to provoke Kapha disorders like colds, coughs, and sore throats.

Hot herbal infusions are especially beneficial for those with low energy, those who are sensitive to the cold, the elderly, or those suffering from chronic illnesses.

In the winter, prepare a mineral rich herbal infusion or hot lemon water to stay hydrated, warm and cozy!

In the summer, however, colder water has a stimulating and vitalizing effect on the body and can be refreshing following strenuous physical effort.  Never add ice to water except during the peak of summer.  This is thought to weaken the digestive fire.

I’d love to hear your thoughts after giving some of these tips a try!

Jessie Kuehn1 Comment