Water, Water Everywhere But How Much Should I Drink?
By Ric Chamberlin, LMT
The earths surface is made up of about 75% water. Likewise our bodies are 60-75% water.
This precious resource is necessary for survival. Water regulates our body temperature through
perspiration, moves nutrients through the body and carries away wastes in urine, and is used by every
system of the body. Next to air, water is the element most important to our survival.
I always provide water after a massage or Ortho-Bionomy® session because toxins are moved out of
your tissues into the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Without sufficient water to flush these wastes
out they will just resettle in your tissues.
Not only do we lose water daily through perspiration and urination, but also by simply breathing.
Dehydration is a deficiency of water in the body. Its signs can include chronic pain, heartburn, stomach
ache, increased heart rate, confusion, depression, headache, and water retention (strange but true).
With today's busy lifestyles it’s easy to ignore the messages our body is trying to send us. A good
lesson for me was the consequences of ignoring my body years ago when I had an “office” job. Sitting in
my cubicle all day long, obsessively working on my computer, not only did I ignore my bodies messages
that it needed water, I also neglected to even take time to empty my bladder. The result was a stone in
my bladder, 22 cm across caused by calcification.
We all hear about the importance of drinking water. But how much? The “8 glasses a day” rule is quite
arbitrary. Another guideline is drinking half your bodyweight in ounces each day. However these don’t
take into account changes in environment, activity level, and the uniqueness of individuals. Using
myself as an example, in the summer I perspire a lot. My water needs are much greater than in winter.
Likewise when most of us exercise we need much more water than when we’re resting.
And what about other fluids? You might ask “don’t I get water from that”? Yes we do. In fact there is
much disagreement over how much water a body needs. My doctor says I can get most of my water from
any fluid. Many other sources claim we need pure water and should minimize other fluids. One fact to
consider is that the additional elements in those other fluids have to be processed by our body while
pure water can be used quicker and easier.
Perhaps the truth is somewhere in between. Maybe cutting back on some of those other fluids, being
more conscious of drinking water throughout the day, and just listening to or body tell us what it needs
could be a sensible, balanced approach.
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