Hydration and your Health
Drinking enough water helps improve our body's natural detox process. Our kidneys are an important part of this process. Think of them as a big water park with lots of huge, twisty water slides. What happens when you go down a water slide that doesn’t have enough water on it? You get stuck. This is what happens to toxins when they get to the kidneys. If there’s not enough water flowing through the kidneys toxins will stick around. If the toxins are hanging out instead of riding out, they get kicked out of the kidney water park. Ooops! Back in the body.
Less water intake concentrates chemicals in our pre-formed urine in the kidney tubes. Too high a concentration of chemicals drives them to leave the urine and move back into our body. This is why some medications come with a warning to drink plenty of water. We need water to dilute the medication, and to get them OUT when they finish doing their job!
There are several different recommendations for how much water is right to drink. There’s the 8 x 8 rule: Eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Dr. Pizzorno, says that we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces of water. If someone weigh 150lbs, the amount would be 75 ounces of water. This comes out to more water than the 8 x 8 rule. If someone has any type of chronic health condition they should only get recommendations from their doctor.
There is no specific amount or formula of water that applies to every person. Water intake is different based on our activity level, toxin exposure, or current health conditions. If someone is pregnant or nursing, they may need a different amount.
For our bodies natural detox process to work best, we need to drink water when our toxic exposure increases. If we're climbing trees in a peach orchard that was just sprayed with pesticide yesterday, we need to drink more water. We also need to drink more water when we consume things that are hard on the liver’s detox mechanisms. For every glass of alcohol there should be 8 ounces of water consumed. This would be 8 ounces above our daily water needs. Same thing with medications, especially antibiotics, and analgesics like Tylenol or Motrin.
We need to drink more water if we want our detox systems working well. Filtered water is great and great tasting! There are many different water filters out there with varying degrees of effectiveness. The water that comes out of your kitchen faucet is, for the most part, not filtered. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource to read more about this topic. Here is one of their articles on tap water.
Straight up water is the best fluid for hydration. Of course, adding lemon, mint, or other natural flavorings is totally fine! Our bodies need water to excrete waste, both the solid and liquid kind. All the detox mechanisms in our bodies work best when we are well hydrated. Water your kidney slides up and flush those toxins out!