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coffee and waterHealthy Living Series: Water-Part Five

by Stan Sauerwein

This is the last installment of our  healthy living series on the subject of water.  Readers of the Pure Leadership textbook series will be acquainted with some parts of this topic as it was well covered in Lift the Veils to Reality and Change is Natural. We hope you’ve enjoyed this series!

 What is the perfect quantity of water to consume?

In previous articles you’ve learned about the functions of water in your physical body, how to raise the energetic vibration of the water you drink, where to determine the parts-per-million of minerals in the water you’ve chosen, and why the dyne rating is an important factor to understand if you want to make water absorption easier by your cells.  You’ve learned how you can use Sacred Codes and water structuring devices to increase the Life Force Energy in the water you drink and how you can improve the quality of your water by supplementing it with natural substances like sea salt, lemon and cucumber.

Now how does one determine the ideal quantity to drink considering your current circumstances?  Well, there is no single answer to that question.  You have to consider your physical body.

Each of us is unique.  Physically, we’re different sizes.  You are more or less active, male or female, living in a hot, cold or temperate world, you have a higher or lower vibration than others.  You may sleep six hours a night or less or more.  You may have a cold or the stomach flu.  All those factors and more have a place in helping you to determine the perfect quantity of water to drink.

Factors to consider

Water guru, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, learned a great deal about the value of drinking water1.  According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, drinking water first thing in the morning is important for a variety of reasons.

As we sleep our body is ‘turning’ over the water it contains. Even without perspiring excessively, we are depleting our body’s stock of water through respiration during our rest period.  Typically, we don’t drink water during the night so our intestines aren’t absorbing it. That decreased water absorption by the intestine reduces the amount of water in your blood.  That would mean the amount of water in your body during the time you sleep, typically up to a third of your day, is an important factor to consider.

Your blood maintains a constant concentration of hydrogen ion (pH) by a chemical mixture of hydrogen ions and sodium bicarbonate. The sodium bicarbonate is produced by the carbon dioxide (CO2) formed in the cells as a byproduct of many chemical reactions. The CO2 enters the blood in the capillaries, where red blood cells contain an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase that helps combine CO 2 and water (H 2O) to form carbonic acid (H 2CO) quickly. The carbonic acid formed then rapidly separates into hydrogen ions (H) and bicarbonate ions (HCO3). In other words, the body uses carbon dioxide levels as a primary way to regulate blood pH and when you dissolve carbon dioxide in the blood, you get carbonic acid. If there is too much carbonic acid in your body, the respiratory center in the brain will send signals to the respiratory muscles that they must breathe to get rid of the excess.  But here is the kicker.  Many people breath shallowly at night despite this automatic instruction from the brain.  That results in respiratory acidosis.2  These people awaken with an excess level of carbonic acid.

We know from previous articles that the amount of water in the blood has a direct relationship to blood pressure.  The thicker the blood the higher the blood pressure.

Herb Jacobs, MD, is a member of the executive board of the American Holistic Health Association.  He tells us the body can be deprived of oxygen through the pattern of shallow breathing as we’ve described.3  When that happens, the heart will compensate by increasing the blood pressure in order to get oxygen to the tissues as needed.  When you breathe shallowly in sleep, you tend to hold your breath for longer periods and that makes your blood more acidic (by not getting rid of the carbonic acid).  This may be one of the reasons why, according to Roberto Manfredini, professor of internal medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy, the most dangerous times for heart attack and for all kinds of cardiovascular emergency are the morning and during the last phase of sleep.  If you calculate only the first three hours after waking, this relative risk of heart attack is threefold.4

But the ways to counter this situation are thankfully simple ones.

You can consume water before you retire and have water at your bedside to drink should you waken during the night.  As Dr. Batmanghelidj suggests, you should also consume water upon awakening.  And according to Dr. Jacobs, you should begin your day with slow, deep breathing.  This combination of actions will help to lower your carbonic acid level, and thus lower your blood pressure before you arise.  Click here for a great breathing exercise.

So we know our pH shifts as we sleep and breathe.  Besides your heart and your lungs, other organs, including your kidneys, participate in helping to get your body back into pH balance in the morning.   Factor these elements into your personal water consumption calculations.

What are your drinking steps?

A first step in your water routine then is to drink water when you awaken.  Continue that hydration all day long in small but regular amounts.

If you are exercising daily consider keeping the water flowing before, during and after your workout.  Dr. Batmanghelidj suggests drinking at least a liter of water for every 60 minutes of exercise and that can be more.  He suggests replenishing water at least every 20 minutes.  If you are playing sport on a hot summer day, you can lose up to 2 liters of fluid per hour, so consider temperature conditions as well.

The third part of your routine is drinking water prior to eating and after eating to support the digestive process.

To all of this then consider your personal health circumstances.  If you have a digestive ailment and you’re experiencing loose bowel movements for instance, understand that you are expelling at least a cup of your body’s water with each visit to the toilet.  That water also needs to be replaced.  If you have chest congestion, you will need to keep your lungs moist to assist in oxygen transfer.  You may want to drink more water than you normally might.

As mentioned, the fifth and final step in your routine is to drink before you retire for the night.

Your personal consumption calculation

So, we’ll finally reached the all important question we’ve posed.  How much?

To come up with your personal quantity of water to consume, consider these facts:  Normally, your body uses about a gallon of water every day.  To perform your bodily functions each and every day, your body must circulate 44,000 glasses of water.  The energetic shifts underway on Earth involving our rise in vibration mean we ought to be drinking even more water.

Here is a simple rule of thumb to compute the daily quantity to be consumed:  Take your weight in pounds and divide by two.  The resulting figure represents the number of ounces of water to drink every day.  Consider factors that may be dehydrating your body though such as whether you have consumed diuretics like coffee and alcohol during the day or whether you are travelling any distance by airplane, which is wildly dehydrating.

The International Sports Medicine Institute offers some collateral guidance: The sports medicine doctors advise to consume 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight if you’re not active (that’s ten eight-ounce glasses if you weigh 160 pounds), and 2/3 ounce per pound if you’re athletic (13 to 14 glasses a day, at the same weight).

Another way to figure your perfect amount of water is to examine your diet.  Your body requires one milliliter of water per calorie to metabolize the food you eat.  On the average diet of 2,000 calories that works out to eight glasses.  Twelve cups of water per day will not over hydrate your body if you have a healthy diet.

How to ensure you’ve been drinking the proper amount

A handy and practical way to measure if you are consuming enough water is to carry a container(s) with your daily consumption allotment pre-measured.  Consider using a straw to drink your water.  This does two things:  It helps you sip rather than gulp and it minimizes taking excess oxygen into your digestive system as you drink.  Sipping is important.  Drinking large quantities of water quickly doesn’t give your cells a chance to absorb the water you consume.

Your kidneys will help you perform a visual check of your hydration.  Examine the color of your urine.  If it is clear, you are likely hydrated.

If you apply what you have learned about purity, vibration quality and quantity with a simple consumption routine, you’ll be healthier and properly hydrated at all times.

1 – Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”, Global Health Solutions, 1995

2 – Respiratory acidosis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respiratory_acidosis

3 – Dr. Jacobs: http://www.foodandhealing.com/articles/article-acid_and_alkaline.htm

4 – Roberto Manfredini: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1825044,00.html#ixzz1sPH1k3oR

5 – Malcolm, Jas. Change is Natural, Pure Leadership Inc., Calgary, 2010, pgs 281-283

6 – Malcolm, Jas. Rediscovering Who You Really Are, Pure Leadership Inc., Calgary, 2010, pgs 353-356

In Change is Natural, we provide details for ‘Qi Gong Breathing Exercise’.5  In Rediscovering Who You Really Are, he has provided instructions for the ‘Breathe in Time Consciously’ and the ‘Breathing in Joy With Time’ exercises.6

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Posted December 11, 2012 by Pure Leadership in Healthy Living, Stan Sauerwein

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