Cleansing Lemon & Cayenne Water Plus Update on My Water Intake

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It is just over 7 weeks since I wrote the post Are You Drinking Too Much Water? where I considered the effects of drinking too much water and that maybe I was in that category. Well over the last few weeks I have adjusted my water intake, reducing it at some times of the day and getting a feel of the effect on my health.

There are some important things to consider when adjusting your water content, not least the fact that water is vital for your survival. You can survive about a month without food and 10 or so days without sleep but without water you will likely die in as little as 3 days. So when I was considering how much water I was drinking it was not about on how little I could survive on it was about getting a healthy balance.

As a bit of background, I was drinking about 5-6 litres a day, ok most of it was not pure water but herbal teas however it had a similar effect. When talking to a nurse about my constant desire to urinate she discussed the possibility of my water intake being too high which led me to look up all about it and discover that too much water can be just as bad for you as not enough.

So as a result I have reduced my water intake and think it is working well for me although I have taken some time to adjust. I realised that at some times I need to drink more than at other times. For example when I wake up in the morning I have been 8 hours without any water and so need to drink more than after my evening meal before bed where I have halved what I used to drink.

It is not an easy science and although most nutritionalists will tell you thirst is not an indicator to drink but an indicator that you are dehydrated I do not agree. It is all about getting more in touch with your body and how you really feel. What I may call thirst might be different to the doctor’s way of seeing thirst. Maybe we should all spend a bit more time understanding our bodies, what we need and when we need it, this really is the best indicator to anything and the best doctor we have.

Having said that I would say that I definitely drink 2-3 litres of liquid a day, depending on the amount of exercise I do and so the guidelines of 2 litres a day should still be used as a rough guide. However this does not mean just drink as much as you like as you will find a lot of negative effects. The first you will find is that you are constantly running to the toilet and that this will eliminate a lot of vital nutrients from the body as it washes them out.

So the general advice although it seems complicated is drink enough water to keep you hydrated but do not go over this level. Be aware that when it is hot or if you do a lot of exercise you will lose water via sweat and so you need to put a bit more in. If any of this is unclear then please ask a question in the comments or contact me for more information.

To go long with this update I have created a cleansing water that you can add to your daily liquid intake when you want a bit more than just plain water. It also has the added benefits of cleansing the body and leaving you feeling fresh and happy. Give it a go, it only takes a few minutes to put together and tastes absolutely amazing.

About the author

Mercedes Aspland

Mercedes is a Yoga Sports Coach with experiences working with athletes from many disciplines and experience levels. She is keen to spread the word of how valuable yoga is to sport. With additional qualifications in nutrition she also shares a number of recipes and nutritional advice to keep you fuelled while training.

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