This is the most important element of your detox: Water! Water makes up more than 70 percent of your body’s tissues and plays a role in nearly every body function from regulating temperature and cushioning joints to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing waste from the body. Therefore, it’s vital to pay attention to what you drink. Drinking enough water is one of the most simple, basic, and important health steps you can take.
Drink 1/2 ounce for every pound of your body weight per day.
Your body needs this much water to function at an optimal level. If you normally don’t drink enough water, you’ll have to build up your water intake gradually to prevent running to the bathroom every few minutes.
Your bladder will adjust to this level after a short period of time, and you can keep increasing your water intake until you reach optimal levels.
Here is the quick equation to remember how much water YOU need to consume daily:
½ oz = 1 pound of body weight
(for example if you 200 pounds, drink 100 oz of water daily)
If you drink the recommended amount of water, you can easily avoid dehydration, which can have profound effects on your health. Dehydration can cause:
Fatigue, Dry Skin, Headaches and Constipation
Drink your water at the right pace.
It’s important to sip water all day long. Depending on your size, your body can only process a bit more than a glass of water per hour. If you drink much more than this at one sitting, the extra water will not be used, but merely flushed down the toilet bowl. So keep your water bottle with you all day long. This way you can confirm precisely how much water you are drinking.
Drink healthy water. Healthy water? I bet you thought all water was healthy! Don’t be tricked! Healthy water is only water that has been treated to avoid contamination. There are several ways to obtain healthy water in your home:
- Buy bottled spring water. This kind of water is acceptable, but it’s expensive and also negatively impacts the environment.
- Filter your water. I find this to be the most cost effective in the long term!
- Store your water safely. Try not to purchase the one-gallon cloudy plastic (PVC) containers from your grocery store as they transfer far too many chemicals into your water. The five-gallon containers and the clear bottles (polyethylene) are a much better plastic and will not give the water an unpalatable plastic taste.
- Bottled water is undeniably convenient; unfortunately many people just reuse their old plastic bottles, those simple, unassuming polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. It’s an environmentally friendly gesture, but it’s one that may promote health issues, including the leaching of DEHP – a potent carcinogen – with repeated use. A better option is to go with a safe, permanent water bottle, I like Stainless Steel best. It’s a proven material, and it won’t leach!
Tip: You can use lemon juice to add a bit of flavor and normalize your body’s pH level. You can add lemon juice to your water occasionally to help flavor it and normalize your body’s pH if you’re too acidic. However, be careful not to use the lemon juice continuously or you run the risk of developing an allergy to it.
Monitor all other fluids.
- Coffee and tea: During the Optimal365 Detox you can have unlimited coffee and tea. If you struggle with insomnia or anxiety, please avoid all caffeine.
- Alcohol: Beer, wine – skip completely during the detox. Distilled spirits are allowed in moderation. Moderate alcohol intake is defined as 1 ounce of hard liquor with a meal.
- Juices: avoid all fruit juices; they contain large amounts of sugar.
- Avoid all soft drinks! I don’t ever advocate drinking any soft drink for any reason. There isn’t any reason for anyone to drink soft drinks. This is one of the easiest things to change. An interesting fact: for every can of soda that a child drinks per day, his or her risk of obesity increases by 60 percent. Diet sodas and beverages with artificial sweeteners. JUST SAY NO. This is a whole other article I’ll have to write.
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