We've all heard that we don't need to eat, but we need water to survive. Why is that?
Why do we need water?
The human body is composed of at least 50% liquid water at any given time. Every individual is unique, with each bodies composition containing at times up to 75% water (babies and children), decreasing over time as the body transforms. Aside from water being nearly 20% of the blood’s plasma, it has a number of vital responsibilities in the body.
Water is the primary building block of the body’s cells (37.2 trillion of them in case you were wondering—I was). Lubricating the joints, water in the body acts as a shock absorber to your organs, in addition to insulating key organs such as the brain and spinal cord. There are many other compounds in the body that utilize water as a component, so there is often debate over how much water the body actually contains.
Given this understanding of merely a few of the functions water has in your body, it is much easier to understand why it is so important to consume plenty of water and stay properly hydrated. The body recognizes thirst after an individual has already lost about 2-3% of their hydration, however mental performance and physical coordination become impaired after a 1% hydration loss. If you are only drinking when you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
How Much Exactly Do We Need?
Every individual is unique and requires a varying amount based on weight, location and activity level among various factors. What my doctor has shared with me is that we should be drinking at least half of our body's weight in ounces daily. I believe that those of us who do spiritual work or work intensely with energy benefit from at least 20 additional ounces on top of the previous calculation.
What's the Best Water to Drink?
I speak to many people who tell me that they don’t drink water because they don’t like the taste. I grew up in the Chicago area and to me, there is nothing better than the crisp, clean taste of Lake Michigan tap water, but now living in here in Arizona, where we don’t drink the tap water, I can appreciate when people say that water has a "taste". This is also one of the reasons we talk about sourcing your water.
The best water to drink is natural, locally sourced spring water. If you have access to well water, this is one of the best options, but most of us will have to purchase spring water in the store. I recommend spring water over distilled water since distilled water is tap water that has undergone a distillation process to remove impurities.
One of the reasons I recommend spring water is because it is natural and does not contain any additives. Water that comes through the tap, even if treated with filters contains metals, toxins and other unsavory items that you don't want to put into your body. Tap water also contributes heavily to the calcifying the pineal gland.
But, I don't like water...
Water is of course the best beverage to drink on a consistent basis, but you can also consume water based drinks such as tea or lemonade. I do not personally consume or recommend consuming artificially processed energy drinks, "electrolyte" sports drinks or soda. The long term danger of the chemicals, dyes and additives used in these items far outweighs any benefits they may offer.
I do know that many of you are big coffee drinkers, but I will caution that coffee is caffeinated. I can almost hear the sighs and grunts and the "of course it is, that's why I drink it!" but that precious caffeine is actually dehydrating you. Since this is counterproductive, I do my best to stay away from coffee or caffeinated teas and recommend you think about doing the same.
Let's Punch it Up!
A great way to add an extra punch of flavor to your water to help encourage regular consumption is to add fresh fruit, herbs or spices. I tend to prefer a consistent variety so I tend to use a water bottle with a built in strainer, but feel free to brew a larger batch in a glass pitcher. This way it is ready for you to drink, and not just when you are thirsty!
There is an endless amount of flavor combinations that can be made! Make sure to start with the highest quality ingredients possible to achieve the best outcome: pure water, the freshest fruit available, fresh herbs and whole spices are preferred. The more ingredients you use and the longer you let your water brew, the more flavorful your water will become.
If you’re easing into this idea a good place to start is with a neutral and comfortable flavor such as lemon or cucumber. By just letting a slice infuse into a glass of water, you are enjoying the subtle benefits of this chakra energy boost. Below are some of the tastiest flavor combinations that I could come up with that resonate to each of the chakras based either on the fruit’s color or the herb’s energetic and medicinal properties.
What is your favorite flavor combination? Let me know in the comments below!
Love and Light,
xo Arielle Sterling
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Arielle is a best-selling author, holistic life coach and intuitive energy healer.