Today, one can often hear the advice of drinking about 10 cups of water a day. Let’s think about what is really behind this recommendation.
Let’s say that the average adult weighs about 60 kg / 130 lbs. 2l is 2kg / 4.4 lbs, which is 3.3% of the average adult weight.
So the average person is dehydrated by about 3%. The athletes are checked for their hydration and for the sake of their safety, those who are about 5% dehydrated are removed from the competition. So, most people today are dangerously dehydrated on a daily basis.
Where does this dehydration come from?
The average diet today consists of foods that are not natural, consumed in altered form and thus with more or less reduced water content.
Water is required for the body to be able to push dry food through the entire 7m / 22ft of the human intestines. The body therefore strives to soak dry food with the water from the body. This dehydrates the body as can be seen with the usual thirst after a standard meal.
Salt and other similar flavor enhancers further dehydrate the body as the body recognizes them as toxins and tries to dilute them. For this purpose, the body extracts water from the cells, which then remains in the intercellular space, reducing the concentration of toxins. This is how the body with dehydrated cells gets a swollen appearance due to the retention of water in the tissues. On the other hand, when only salt and similar flavor enhancers are eliminated from the diet, there is a rapid weight loss because the retained water goes away.
Our natural diet of fruits and vegetables is a diet rich in water, which results in the meals themselves hydrating the body because they consist of water-rich foods. It is important to understand the difference between pure, free water and the structured water contained within cells. Fruits and vegetables contain water that is found in their cells, and is thus optimal for the utilization in the body. Free water is harder to use in the body and cannot hydrate the body in the same way as structured water from our optimal food. The human body is mostly made up of water, more precisely structured water – water that is bound to cells. This leads us to the conclusion that our body does not prefer free water but structured water like the one in our bodies.
Hydration therefore comes from foods rich in water. On the other side, dehydration comes from foods with reduced water content. And the hydration of the body is of great importance for the health of the body, because the body uses water for many bodily functions.
On the diet of fruits and vegetables, relatively little or no additional water is needed. At high longitudes, at elevated temperatures and due to increased physical activity, the need for additional water increases. The best way to consume water is to sip some water occasionally when thirst is felt, instead of drinking a larger quantity of water at once.
By sticking to our optimal diet, we hydrate the body in the best possible way, and the sweetest way.