A very simple but powerful purification technique is to boost your intake of water. The human body is approximately three-fourths water and most biochemical reactions operate best within a narrow window of concentration. Several scientific studies have found that our sensitivity to thirst diminishes as we age, so we become at risk for developing subtle levels of dehydration of which we may not be consciously aware.
Most people do not drink enough water, which can lead to a host of symptoms. Headaches, constipation, dry skin, fatigue, and indigestion may actually reflect subtle dehydration. Some physicians have gone as far as to suggest that many common health concerns, including high blood pressure, asthma, and chronic pain have their origins in dehydration.
Assuming that you do not have kidney or liver problems, we recommend getting into the habit of drinking water throughout the day. You can calculate the recommended number of ounces of daily water intake by dividing your weight in pounds by two.
For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, your daily water intake should be 80 ounces or 10 cups per day. Most bottled water comes in half-liter containers, equivalent to just over two cups, so this would mean drinking five bottles per day. Soda beverages, tea, and coffee do not count, as their caffeine content has a diuretic effect. Similarly, alcohol also causes water loss and does not contribute to rehydration.
If you are active in sports, taking diuretics, or live in a hot, dry climate, increase your daily intake by another 10 to 15 percent. Favor water-rich fruits and vegetables including cantaloupe, grapefruit, peaches, watermelon, asparagus, peppers, carrots, and mushrooms. Minimize your intake of artificially sweetened beverages. When you are drinking enough water you will feel the need to empty your bladder about every two hours.
Many people who follow this water routine report that they more easily lose unwanted weight and have more energy and less chronic aches and pains. Drinking plenty of fresh, pure water is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to reverse the aging process.
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