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Aug 01

August “Agua” Challenge 2014

On August 1st, we’re starting the August “Agua” Challenge. challenge cup

The idea is to drink the recommended daily amount of water for the next 31 days and keep track of the physical differences in your body and mind over that period of time. Then, at the end, there will be an opportunity for all of you to post your results. Whoever has the most dramatic results (as determined by me) will win a free month of weekly half hour coaching calls.

Body weight divided by 2= number of ounces of water per day

This is the simplest way to determine the approximate number of ounces of water that you should drink daily. This is recommended by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, the author of Your Body’s Many Cries For Water. He’s one of the world’s foremost authorities on the effect of water on the body.

You can purchase the book by clicking on the picture.

 

Since I weigh 130 pounds, I will be drinking 65 ounces of water a day, roughly 8 cups. Many of us have heard that we should be drinking 8 cups of water a day, but now we can see that that might not be enough, depending on our weight. If you weigh 200 pounds, then you’ll need 100 ounces, or roughly 12 cups a day. Now, before you scream bloody murder, keep in mind that most drinking glasses are at least 12 ounces, so 8 cups is really only 5 1/2 glasses. It’s not really that much.

The importance of water

To give you an idea of the importance of water, the effects of even mild dehydration include decreased coordination, fatigue, dry skin, decreased urine output, dry mucous membranes in the mouth and nose, blood pressure changes and impairment of judgment. Stress, headache, back pain, allergies, asthma, high blood pressure and many degenerative health problems are the result of UCD (Unintentional Chronic Dehydration). Other “diseases” that are also suspected to be caused by dehydration are rheumatoid arthritis, hernias, migraines, high cholesterol, and depression. Wow! What if those could all be cured by drinking more water?

How do you know if you’re drinking enough water? The simplest way is to monitor your urine:

  • A hydrated body produces clear, colorless urine.
  • A somewhat dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
  • A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark-colored urine.

From what I’ve studied so far, and what I’ve read in Dr Batmanghelidj’s book, I’m a believer in the power of water. So I’m in on the challenge.

As part of the challenge, it’s important to assess where you are right now. For me, based on my urine, I would say that my body is somewhat dehydrated. Another simple test to perform is to pinch the skin on the top of your hand and see how quickly it springs back. Mine goes back slowly, so again I know that I’m somewhat dehydrated. Other symptoms that I know about are dry mucous membranes in my nose, elevated blood cholesterol, and constipation. It just so happens that I usually get a blood test in September, so I will be able to find out after this challenge if there has been a change in my cholesterol.

If you’re in, please leave a comment below so I can enter you in the August “Agua” Challenge. Please tell me what symptoms you currently have (just the basics) and where you hope to see a benefit out of drinking more water.

Don’t forget… 4 free coaching calls for the winner!

Let the games begin!

cool pic of waterLove,

Alice

alice@loveyourhealthcoach.com