Fluids

  • At mealtimes you also must remember not to overload your stomach with fluids and lose the vital stomach acid.
  • A study of people who had midnight hunger pangs found that 100% of the hunger pangs went away when people drank water. So often we are not hungry at all, we are just thirsty. 
  • Drinking a lot of water during meals impairs your digestion.  Water flows down with your food into your stomach, lowers your hydrochloric acid, allows you to get gut bacterial overgrowth, you can’t absorb your nutrients well and you start gaining weight and then you raise insulin, which creates more inflammation.  An acceptable amount of liquid to drink during meals is 100ml to 180ml.
  • Soda, coffee and tea are NOT water.  There is no substitute for water.  All the water in these drinks (and more) will be used to flush out the caffeine and toxins from them through the body.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water a day, outside of meal times.
  • Even mild dehydration can raise stress hormones, we need water for everything from burning fat to controlling / suppressing appetite. 
  • As you start to change your diet and eat more fiber in your meals you will also need more water than you may have been used to.  
  • Please do not drink water from plastic bottles as these are bad for the environment, it is expensive and you are also getting the phthalates from the plastic water bottle which creates a toxic effect in the body.  Purchase a safe drinking bottle and fill it up with filtered water from your home (or if you are very lucky from your spring)