What “Experts” are saying.
Are you that thirsty?
“Simply put, you should be drinking water even when you’re not feeling thirsty. Most of the time, your body mistakes thirst for hunger and causes you to obtain more calories from food when you simply need water. Or, your body may just disregard your thirst. Your body requires water regularly throughout the day regardless of how thirsty — or not thirsty — it feels, so keep hydrating yourself even if you’re not feeling dry.“ http://www.healthygrad.org/drink-up/
These “experts” do not distinguish between a 300 LBS male and 100 LBS female.
Between people living in Arizona and people in NY
Between an accountant spending work hours sitting in air conditioned office and the construction worker in summer Nevada.
How about the marathon runner versus casual walker?
Should pregnant woman drink more then menopausal women?
Should we drink more in the summer or winter?
Also each person is different. Different kidneys, liver, heart. Different metabolism.
So should you listen to “experts”and obediently chug down 8 glasses of water each day?
Chinese holistic philosophy.
In Western medicine, patients with similar complaints or diseases, usually will receive virtually the same treatment.
Yin and Yang.
The Chinese physician is more of an adviser than an authority; he or she believes in treating every patient differently, based on the notion that one does not treat the disease or condition but rather the individual patient. Thus two people with the same complaint may be treated entirely differently, if their constitutions and life situations are dissimilar. Disease is also considered to be evidence of the failure of preventive health care and a falling out of balance or harmony. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/traditional+Chinese+medicine
Returning to our senses.
Finding that just right balance between drinking enough but not too much does not have to be a complicated equation – just pay attention to your thirst. For many years we heard that thirst is a poor indicator to help regulate fluid intake but it turns out there was little research to back up this claim. Many runners took these guidelines to heart and drank up to the point of over-hydration which can lead to low levels of sodium in the blood. This condition called hyponatremia can be very serious and even fatal. It is more common in slower, less trained runners who may be on the race course for many more hours and also exposed to the mid-day heat that can cause even more sodium loss. http://www.runcolfax.org/hydration-should-you-trust-your-thirst/
Messages are changing but your body knows best.
Years ago, we were told to drink lots of water to keep hydrated when working out. Later, we were told that water isn’t enough; we need the electrolytes found in thirst quenching sports drinks. Then, with the greenwashing trend of going “natural,” we were told that we should be drinking coconut water to replenish those electrolytes instead. And we still haven’t stopped hydrating over and over with regular water — may it be filtered or from the tap — in a bottle, a plastic reservoir hydration system, or a trendy stainless steel bottle.
But did you know that most of this hydration hype is engineered by marketeers, who almost aim to scare people into consuming more water and sports drinks — even though a new study says all of this constant water consumption isn’t really necessary for us?
When you have too much waterin your body, your blood takes in that surplus in order to balance your body’s salt levels. This causes your cells to swell, which may lead to pain and dizziness, and in severe cases, vomiting. Not only that, but you don’t necessarily need to be going to the bathroom all the time. Sure, we can drink our recommended eight glasses of water a day to keep hydrated during our daily routine, but according to Dr. Winger, “There’s no science behind those whatsoever. Zero.” http://news.discovery.com/human/life/are-we-hydrating-too-much.htm
Typically, though, guzzling down too much fluid—especially from certain “rehydration” drinks—can ironically cause dehydration. “When the drink has a high level of sugar and additives, for example, and thus more solutes than you naturally have in your blood, the body has to take its own fluid to dilute it, so it can be absorbed, and if you’re simply drinking too much water at once, you may end up peeing too much, and not absorbing any fluid. The body has a natural volume response that causes you to pee.” (Learn A Better Way to Measure Hydration.)
So my friends now that you are confused enough I jut want to suggest: Listen to your body. Listen to it. Don’t wait til your body starts to scream.
Here is a short story:
A student once asked his teacher, “Master, what is enlightenment?”
The master replied, “When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep. When thirsty, drink.”
One more thing in conclusion. Please do not buy or use plastic bottles. It is bad for you and for our environment.