Sufficient water intake is crucial for vibrant health.
Drink plenty, no, let me say that differently, drink enough as soon as you wake up every day, and through out the rest of the day.
For me it has made a night and day difference for me since I learned to drink a good amount of water first thing after waking, before I eat anything.
After my 1st water of the day, I drink water between meals so that I do not flood my stomach with water and possibly weakening digestion.
I have experimented with different amounts through the day, and I found good results from an entire 32oz immediately after waking, and suggest you search for your own amounts that work best for you, and when you test something you think is working well try it for awhile before switching since your body adjusts to water intake and if you keep bouncing around you're not getting accurate feedback.
You may like to try the large dose when you wake and smaller doses through the day, but this is for you to figure out after you're paying attention to how you respond.
Consuming a lot of water compared to very little has positive effects, though do be aware that if you drink too much for your body and habits, for an extended amount of time, it will cause your sodium balance in your body to be off, and this can harm your health and cause you to not feel good. This issue is referred to as hyponatremia.
Find what works for you, but drinking a large amount for what I call "meal number zero" on my daily menu, has really made a difference in my hydration levels through the day and my comfort levels, so definitely start with this practice of making sure to drink as soon as you wake up.
I may cut back later in the day when it is nearing bed time, depending on how I feel.
You can't follow black and white text always, going on feel and making judgments will help you reach perfection, since we don't do the exact same things everyday, such as different physical exertion and different temperatures.
Different people have different water needs, climate, health, body size, and activity levels can determine how much water you should consume.
It is said the body can only handle the processing of so much water per minute so that is also something to consider and possibly not drink too much all at once but spread out.
Millions of modern people would heal so many symptoms they carry, and feel so much better every day, simply from realizing they are not drinking enough water for optimum function.
Again, don't run off and overdo the water all at once, your body will of course try to handle this but doing it for an extended amount of time, drinking more water than you need, can deplete you of nutrients, which is what we want to avoid.
Some may say monitoring your urination is a way to help you know if you're drinking too much or too little, but you could get some false positives whenever you suddenly change your water intake.
If your body is used to you barely living with low amounts of water intake, then it will be in a state where it has calibrated the best it can to handle that much, then if you flood it while it is in that state, it may overwhelm the body in that state until it alters how it is behaving. This is why you need to test around.
Some of the most common symptoms of inadequate hydration levels are headache, and joint pain.
Usually when a person learns to drink water, they no longer experience headaches, unless there is something really wrong with them such as developing a sickness like the flu since the immune system can cause body aches when it is trying to clear out infections, or they've done or ingested something that affects blood flow.
Paying attention to how your head feels is one way that you can monitor your hydration levels.
The modern person now considers a dehydrated state as normal, and they are not aware that it is a dehydrated state.
They are typically very unaware how much water is enough, and they also may think drinking something like milk or soda is anywhere near the same as drinking that same amount of water.
Soda actually typically contains chemicals that affect your water levels, and they're an illusion at how much water they actually contain due to them having a lot of things dissolved in them.
Usually when people get a headache from dehydration, they are not even aware they should reach for water and drink it quickly before things get worse, but instead reach for toxic drugs that just destroy health and also make dehydration worse, while just hiding the symptoms from you.
Symptoms are important for letting you know that you need to change something, and we live in a society that wants to silence symptoms so they can ignore them.
Time, after time, after time, people will tell you they drink so much water, or more than enough, but it really is a low amount and they may even feel like they are over doing it on water, because their body has not adjusted to taking in certain amounts of fluids and increasing it feels uncomfortable to them, combined with ignorance on how to drink water since they've never even seen people yet in their generation drinking healthily.
While in the past I may have gotten full on 12oz, I had worked up to 32oz at a time, gulping it straight down, and not feeling full or anything really from it.
I was able to adjust to it and didn't feel any problem from it or that I am full of liquid, but just like my body instantly began to absorb it.
If I went back in time to when I was under the modern diet's insanity, I would have probably seriously felt that much liquid if I consumed it all at once, and may feel like I was full of liquid and have discomfort like I was going to spit it up, but in my adjusted state I would down that much water, and then go out and perform intense physical activity very well, right after, even gymnastics.
I'm making sure to mention all of this because I worry someone who drinks almost no water will struggle at 1st, but just like with everything else, just take the time to adjust, and work up rather than over doing it and stressing your body.
I don't drink 32oz every 2 hours through out the day anymore, as I feared that was more than needed and my body adjusted to that intake level and appeared normal but was having to use more minerals.
I want to hang on to all of the electrolytes that I can for maximum function and longevity.
After I cut back, I struggled to get used to less water, and my body craved the 32oz at a time.
Also, those people mentioned above who tend to assume they're drinking a lot, may drink a lot of purchased bottles of water, which for various reasons, including them feeling their wallet or resources drain and it being a lot of work to buy them at a store and bring them all the way home over and over, they may get an illusion of drinking a lot of water, and some water containers appear like a larger amount of water than they really are by a clever design of the bottle.
So don't mistake a lot of plastic garbage piling up, and a lot of work from drinking multiple small amounts compared to 1 large amount, as drinking a lot of water.
Around here it's very popular for bottles of water to be about 16 ounces, and if I drank just one of those every 3 or 4 hours at my maximum fitness levels and energy output during the summer, I would feel dehydration and experience symptoms.
As a side note, it's best to avoid bottled water from stores, they're not governed closely and add in strange things, the water is not natural as plain well water.
So, while 1 person out there may drink 4 of those bottles in 1 day and feel like they drank a lot, think about how people, including myself, may have consumed that same amount of water in the first minutes of their day after waking, and we would not be able to keep up the same performance levels without doing that.
You may then start to question if you are really on track with drinking enough water.
I consider the first 3 hours of my day and following my water schedule to be critical for me feeling good that day.
If you get off track with water intake, your body may waste no time in letting you know you messed up, and getting low on water may change you from a youthful machine into feeling like an elderly person struggling to walk around in just 1 day.
After changing my drinking habits years ago, I now can't remember what thirst feels like.
(Thank YHWH I have access to clean water and can be so blessed.)
It is said that thirst is actually a bad signal that is letting you know you are already low on water and need to find water asap.
Most modern people have actually started to think you should only drink when you have a feeling of thirst, this could be keeping them in a state where their body is crying out for more fluid, affecting their health and performance, also their mood.
Adding to this problem, they sadly even instead reach for something like soda at these times instead of water.
High levels of hydration is very anabolic for the body.
Growth, maintenance, performance, and healing is optimized.
Whereas a state of dehydration hinders these things.
So find your limits, and do so in a safe intelligent manner.
Just like most other things, overloading on water can have negative effects, so don't go from drinking no water per day, to force feeding yourself 2 gallons of water in an instant.
Your system will be confused, and it can even kill you if you go to extremes.
I will share a sad example of this;(http://nypost.com/2014/12/10/couple-sentenced-to-prison-after-daughter-dies-drinking-soda-punishment/)
Guardians tried to punish a child by forcing her to drink a lot of liquid, and it killed her from the screwed up water levels in her body.
Another popular death from water was the "hold your wee for a wii" contest, where a radio station caused the death of a 28 year old woman who just wanted to win a 200$ video game system.
So do not think it's safe to force liquid onto people, and do not "hold your wee" and especially don't hold your urine while still drinking large amounts of liquid, your body will malfunction since you are not listening to what it needs.
Keep your body flowing like a fresh river.
There is a second part to this point, and that is water source and quality.
Water is rarely pure water, and commonly contains minerals, which may not be usable by the body but only stress it, parasites/bacteria, and especially in modern history, contaminated with toxic chemicals.
We must be aware of such things, and avoid bad water.
Even bottled water being sold in stores often have odd things added in by the company.
So many people are using water in their homes from a water company, do not drink such water or even inhale the vapors unless you know what is in it and where it is coming from.
Depending on the location, this water is laced with hidden poisons.
They're pumping society full of toxins that are hidden in the water in monitored amounts.
2 common toxins in tap water are fluoride and chlorine, both deadly to humans.
Fluoride is praised by many a doctor, though it is fully known to be a neuro toxin.
Fluoride may be found in the pest control section of a store, as a rat poison.
Then, the same store may be selling fluoride in another section of the store.. the dental "health" section of the store, mixed into a sweetened delicious formula for you and your family, including developing children, to play with in their mouth..
It's there under claims that it has the ability to protect teeth from breaking down and developing cavities, and many dentists who actually care about you may push it on you since they have been taught that it's good.
(If that is true that it can help keep cavities from forming, it's not worth it at the cost of sacrificing the rest of your body and brain, and further, it would be attempting to manage symptoms instead of curing the root cause of cavities, which if you cure it, you no longer need the protection from cavities)
The amounts of chemicals in tap water are small, but this doesn't mean it's safe, but rather it's more deadly as more people will use it thinking it's safe since terrible symptoms will develop slowly over time and stealthily, instead of a severe instant reaction making it obvious you are ingesting something terrible.
They also may cycle what they put into their product.
Hormones have also been found in these waters, and it's said people taking birth control drugs urinate those drugs into the water, then the water plant is not fully filtering out those hormones.
Also, some say strong mental health drugs are not filtered out, and people are getting dosed with drugs that strongly influence their brain.
By the way, in case you did not know, water from those water plants is filtered sewer water, which is why it is possible excreted chemicals may be found in it.
I am still researching different waters, and currently favor clean sources of springs and wells.
Your source needs to be watched though, for example something can contaminate your well, like as a neighbor, or nearby business.
I have been looking at distilled(pure) water for drinking, as it initially seems like it could be a great drink.
However there are claims out there that distilled water is bad for you and turns acidic, and will pull nutrients from your body.
There are some who defend pure water for consumption, though I recommend you research it for yourself, and what I have seen so far has led me to not consume distilled water exclusively but stick to other sources.
This however does not mean distilled water is bad and has no uses, distilled water is amazing for many things.
Instead of drinking from cheap plastic jugs for a prolonged period of time, I would recommend against that if possible.
► Avoid low humidities.
Typical air conditioning machines remove moisture from the air.
Heating systems in winter can cause a house to reach humidity levels so low, it is drier than a desert.
This low humidity is physically harming the people who are living in it.
Try to make sure your house is well sealed, and insulated very well.
A method to help with this is to reduce the amount of windows you have, atleast in the winter, such as sealing them off with insulating materials(not just plastic sheets, but actually filling them as if you would fill a wall for insulation).
Large modern houses with many windows are common in areas that have cold winters, but the design is not compatible with cold weather and creates high energy bills and lower comfort levels.
A house that is well insulated uses the heating system less often, allowing more humidity to stay in the air, so houses that leak heat are most susceptible to very unhealthy levels of humidity.
If you go on a mission to insulate your house extremely well and seal up every hole, remember that the more sealed a house is, the less fresh air you will have, and at certain points a house will need ventilation pipes or else it's like you're living inside a sealed jar.
This is another issue that can be remedied by a location change if you find that to be a desirable option.
Too much humidity can have its own share of issues, and a whole host of remedies.
Air for something in the middle if possible, and use designs that suit your climate.
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