Am I Drinking Enough Water?
One of the questions I ask each client is, ‘how much water do you think you drink in one day?’ Most answers range from one pint to a quart, maybe two.
Even though our body collects water from fresh (particularly raw) foods – a quart a day is not enough! Different parts of the body have their own water requirements.
The distribution of watery fluids is primarily controlled by the heart, kidneys and thyroid. The intestinal system (for adults) requires 2 quarts a day just to keep nutrients and wastes moving through, to keep the mucosa moist and ensure proper bowel movements. Healthy kidneys appreciate copious amounts of filtered water to help dissolve salts and acids.
If we aren’t drinking enough water, our body will fiercely retain it, which can result in edema or even high blood pressure. I recommend a minimum of 3 quarts (3.5 liters) of pure, filtered or spring water every day for adults over 100 lbs (40 Kg).
Drinking water clears our energy, provides oxygen to the brain, keeps blood and lymph fluid moving and helps with overall metabolism. Our bodies are more water that substrate, however many things are dehydrating to our cells, such as: heavy perspiration/heat, caffeine in every form (green and black teas, coffee, coke), cigarettes, alcohol, salty foods, dry foods (cookies, chips, crackers) sugar and strongly diuretic herbs.
If you are cleansing, it is important to drink at least a gallon of water a day, especially if bentonite clay is part of your regime. While this amount of water sounds unfathomable to some, I have easily been able to drink more than a gallon a day during a cleanse or during a summer day working in the garden!
An interesting book on this subject is Fereydoon Batmanghelid ‘s book Your Body’s Many Cries For Water (see margin).
Is Raw Food the Road to Health?
Some experts say eating raw food is the road to health, while other healing traditions say eating cooked foods is healthier.
I recommend listening to your body and assessing your nutritional needs, along with the climate, season and surrounds you live in.
Raw food is loaded with live enzymes, vitamins, and readily available antioxidants all living creatures eat raw food! It is imperative that you eat some kind of raw food daily, and I suggest a bit of raw food is incorporated into each cooked meal.
For example, a salad, sprouted grains or grasses, fresh-pressed juice, smoothies, raw seeds and nuts, freshly cut herbs, sauerkraut – to name a few. You can also try the various raw snack foods now available at health food stores. Raw food is by nature, cooling to the body.
Raw food-only diets, especially in cold, wet climates can be to depleting for some constitutions no matter how delicious and nutritious.
If you live in a northern clime you will most likely find yourself craving warmer, cooked foods in winter and raw, fresh seasonal produce in the summer months.
Even so – it is easy to grate a raw beet, turnip or carrot atop a portion of cooked grains. Finely chopped dandelion greens, fresh rosemary, cilantro, chives, and parsley can be added to cooked food to increase nutritional value.
When reaching for snack foods, go for raw vegetables or fruits – the simple celery stalk with almond butter or tahini is always satisfying. Dip carrots instead of crackers in humus or use Belgium endive leaves as your chip for dipping. When making soups – add tender vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or chard just at the end so they are very lightly cooked and retain their vitamin content.