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Water FAQs

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Am I drinking enough water?

The foundation of good health starts with drinking water. The general recommendations for water consumption are 6-8 glasses (48-64 ounces) of pure, clean water a day. There is some controversy as to exactly how much water we should drink. Some say we should take half our body weight and drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs, that means drinking 80 oz of water per day, or 10 glasses of water. There is, however, such a thing as drinking too much water. So start with 6-8 glasses and see how you feel.

What about timing?

It’s better to sip the water throughout the day rather than drinking large amounts at one time. If you consume large amounts of water at one time, most of it will pass through your system before you’re able to assimilate it.

How can I cut down my trips to the bathroom at night?

If drinking a healthy amount of water is wearing out the carpet between your bed and the bathroom, one simple solution is to finish consuming all your water and liquids before 6 PM. Also, it takes about 2-3 months of consistently drinking the healthy amount of water for your body to become efficient at assimilating it. So, this gets better over time.

Is ice cold water the most refreshing?

Perhaps for the taste buds but not for the body. Water is more easily absorbed and assimilated when it’s at room temperature. This is especially important at mealtime when very cold drinks can actually interfere with good digestion.

Does drinking water at meals facilitate digestion?

It’s fine to drink some water at meals, but too much at that time could dilute the digestive juices and actually interfere with digestion. Again, it’s best to sip water throughout the day, and drink only the amount at meals needed to facilitate chewing and swallowing.

Is it true that afternoon fatigue can be caused by not drinking enough water?

Yes. The single most common cause of afternoon fatigue in America is dehydration. The next time you feel tired and are reaching for sugar or caffeine, ask yourself how much water you drank today.

What part does proper water consumption play in weight-loss program?

As it turns out, a very large part. You simply cannot lose weight when your tissues are dehydrated. Also a dehydrated body is much more acidic, which means more toxic, which also interferes with weight loss.

What about the role of water in joint pain?

Try this. Give yourself a 2-week trial, drinking 8 glasses of water a day and then evaluate your joint pain. I’ll bet it gets better. Of course, an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise and a good supplement program will definitely be of benefit as well.