Put Down The Soda Pop!
Water and Detoxification
Soda pop used to be the default choice whenever I wanted to quench my thirst on a hot summer day. Are you guilty of this too? Do you find yourself reaching for a sugary drink or maybe even the proverbial “cold beverage” whenever the humidex starts to creep over 30? My preference changed once I discovered that water by itself is a powerful detoxifier. I immediately doubled my water intake and maybe you should too!
There are four main reasons why your body needs water:
- Cools you down, especially in the summer time
- Lubricates your tissues and joints
- Dissolves soluble compounds
- Moves these soluble compounds throughout your body
So why is water such a great detox option? Well, as you may already know, there are hundreds of environmental chemicals and toxins stored in your body. As you detoxify yourself of these compounds, your body moves them into the blood and lymph nodes, and ultimately, to the liver and kidneys where they are eventually eliminated via solid waste or urine. Water plays a central role in all of these processes. So even though doubling your water intake may have you running to the washroom every five minutes, knowing that you’re boosting your health will make it worth it!
Now that you’ve committed yourself to increasing your water intake as part of your daily detox, you may be wondering how much water you’ll need to drink and the best time to drink it. The rule of thumb is to consume at least eight 8oz glasses of water daily. If you are currently drinking 5 or 6 glasses like I was, I would recommend doubling your intake by simply increasing your drinking frequency to at least one 8oz glass every one and a half hours. If you are an active individual, you should be consuming even more than this. Remember, water makes up almost two thirds of your body weight!
How about timing? The best time to detox with water is first thing in the morning. Instead of chugging down a cup of coffee, try a large glass of warm water with some freshly squeezed organic lemon juice. It’s a triple threat!
You immediately begin re-hydrating yourself and help your kidneys flush out toxins
Warm water is easier on your digestive system than cold water because your body doesn’t have to expend precious energy warming it up
Lemons are an abundant source of vitamin C which has been shown to protect the liver, your chief detoxifying organ
So whether it’s first thing in the morning, or a hot Sunday afternoon, drinking water will not only quench your thirst, it will help you detox and boost your health!