One of the easiest, best and gentlest ways to clean out your body is to simply drink more.
No - not tequila. Or coffee. Just plain old H20 is the way to go.
Many of us in the U.S. are chronically dehydrated. Yes - not only do we not drink enough pure water in a day, but we also dry ourselves out with the caffeine found in coffees, sodas, teas and alcohol. Chemical substances and salts found in diet sodas and low-calorie/processed foods dehydrate us, too. And they burden our liver - the wonderful organ whose sole responsibility it is to filter our blood from toxins.
If you feel hungry, you may very well just be thirsty. If you have a headache or a cold, you need more water. And if you're already feeling dry mouth and thirst - you're way, way past dehydrated.
To read more, I recommend Dr. Fereymoon Batmanghelidj's book, Your Body's Many Cries for Water. Through his research, he finds that many of the Americans' chronic conditions such as asthma, depression and type II diabetes can be improved just by drinking more of the miracle liquid.
Why do we overlook this simple habit? Because that's exactly what it needs to become: a habit. Adding more H20 to our diets needs to first be a conscious decision - one that we incorporate into our daily life until it becomes natural. How do we do that?
- Try drinking just a glass of warm water, first thing in the morning.
- Bring a bottle of water to work - and keep it visible so you don't forget about it.
Sip throughout the day rather than gulping all at once - your body will absorb it better.
- Don't like the taste? Add some lemon juice or splash of sugar-free juice (like pomegranate) to your bottle for some flavor.
Start small! Just add a few sips or ounces at a time, so you (and your body) can get used to the increase in hydration.
Submitted by Maya Bradstreet
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