How Much Water Do I Really Need
Water is vital to all the body functions, including movement, digestion and temperature regulation. About 60 percent of our body weight is water! It is essential for metabolic functions, the transport and burning of fat and the elimination of toxins from the body.
The best way to get the water we need is through our food. It is unnecessary and stressful on the body to drink large quantities of water. The drink-as-much-as-you-can system is a simple-minded invention because this completely ignores the marvellous mechanism of kidney metabolism, conceiving the kidney to be similar in structure and function to a mechanical sewage system, like flushing a large quantity of liquid down a cast iron pipe to clear it.
The kidney however is not a cast iron pipe. It contains tissue that must be flexible and porous so that the processes of filtration, diffusion, and reabsorption can take place. If liquid is taken in large quantities, the minute sponge like openings in the semi-permeable kidney tissue decrease in size and little or no liquid can pass through. For all practical purposes, the kidneys are blocked. The result is a complete reversal of what the drink-as-much-as-you-can system intended.
HELP YOUR TIRED, OVERWORKED KIDNEYS. DRINK LESS.
When we eat grains, beans and a good variety of vegetable dishes and soups our body is nourished with the water it needs to maintain health. Imagine how much water is in our food – even cooked brown rice is 60-70 percent water and vegetables are 80-90 percent. One way to tell if you are drinking to much liquids (or eating too much) is by the number of times that you urinate in a twenty-four-hour period. Ideally if you are female two to three times and if you are male three to four times. So when it comes to drinking water pay attention and drink according to your thirst – this is a case of less being more!
It's important to use the purest water available for drinking, cooking and bathing to prevent the absorption of pesticide residues, heavy metals (including lead from old plumbing) and chlorine and fluoride.