Drink!!!

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Sep 022014
 

How easily do you want blood cells to glide through your veins?  Do you want your sinuses to move pollen easily? Do you want to cushion your spine and brain? How easily do you want nutrient particles and waste to move into and out of your intestinal walls?   Imagine how difficult it is for your guts to move chips along a dry or mucous-filled canal?  Oy!  Moisture is needed, and it’s easiest if every day you drink the appropriate amount of healthy, clean water.

How much water to drink?  Half your body weight in ounces is an easy way to measure.  If you weigh 125; that’s 62.5 ounces.  Sometimes it’s not easy to drink enough.  I drink a glass on the way to the bathroom in the morning.  Then, I fill a liter bottle and put it next to my desk.  By noon, I know I’ve drunk half of my day’s water.  I refill the bottle just right, and by evening, I’m done.

How do you know if you’re drinking enough?  How long do you spend in the bathroom for your morning bowel movement?  A couple minutes at most should do it.  Easy evacuation depends on adequate hydration.  Try the pinch test–pinch the flesh on the top of your forearm.  The skin should easily pinch and return to normal.  Three  ten-ounce glasses with your meals and a morning coffee just doesn’t cut it, unless you weigh 80 pounds.

I often don’t drink with meals (sometimes drinking with meal helps, sometimes it doesn’t–more in a future post).  Your body’s hydration needs depend on your diet.  How much pasta, bread, chips and dry foods to you eat?  (Wait ’til you try the bread pudding test.) Think about sliding that through a dry gullet.

Be good to your guts and your fluid-filled body by drinking water.  Spring water?  City water?  That’s another article.  The best to you today!
Feb 142012
 

So what happens at night? That’s when our bodies get a chance to do some housekeeping. We aren’t putting food in. We aren’t balancing on those small feet. We aren’t attending to every sight, sound, and thought that arises. So the body gets to tend to the effects of what we’ve done during the day, it gets to clean up.

My usual schedule is an early evening meal (6:00 pm) and breakfast about 14 hours later (8:00 am). I love breakfast and eat according to my appetite and energy needs. You might say that my digestive system fasts between the evening meal and the first food in the morning. The earlier you eat in the evening, the longer the fast until break-fast. Continue reading »