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The Detoxifying Catalyst – Water

Every year there is a new fad that captures the imagination of the public concerning the detoxifying catalyst – water. The mantras of the day have run the gamut of advice on how much, what kind, and when to drink water to detoxify. Bombarded with info about water consumption the average person today will recall the advice from decades past that “you must drink eight glasses of water a day.”  This could be sage advice, or it may just be a general guideline. There are factors that could affect the amount of water a person should consume daily. Climate zone, physical activity, and food diet all play a part in determining the proper amount of water to consume. 

Medical Advisers Vary 

Like other things in life, moderation may be a key to how much water to consume. Advice from various nutritionists, dieticians, and medical “experts” offers conflicting views on the subject. This leaves each person to consider the data based on their individual needs, lifestyles, and comfort level.  When the common belief said that “you must drink 8-eight-ounce glasses of water a day”, some people found that hard to achieve. Peeling away the first layer of that advice is that people have different body weights. Should a person who weighs 125lbs. drink the same sixty-four ounces of water a day as the person who weighs 250lbs.?  Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, managing director of Baptist Sports Medicine in Nashville is one who has explored and debunked the one size fits all water consumption levels. Writing about water and diet for Nourish, a webzine published by WebMD, author Gina Shaw explored the topic with Dr. Nessler. The article entitled Water and Your Diet: Staying Slim and Regular with H2O was reviewed on February 13, 2022, by Carol DerSarkissian, MD.  Ms. Shaw quotes Dr. Nessler, “It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live…. In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” Ms. Shaw extrapolates that advice and concludes, “For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, which would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less.”

Food Provides Water

This varies from the traditional sixty-four ounces a day ingrained in our minds and fails to consider that drinking water is not the only way the body gets water. Food provides water. The Healthy Lifestyle webzine of the Mayo Clinic in a feature written by the Mayo Clinic Staff, Water: How much should you drink every day? Considers this exact point.  “You don’t need to rely only on water to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are almost 100% water by weight. In addition, beverages such as milk, juice, and herbal teas are composed mostly of water. Even caffeinated drinks — such as coffee and soda — can contribute to your daily water intake. But go easy on sugar-sweetened drinks. Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which may provide more calories than needed. “

Hydration and the Infrared Body Wrap

While it is essential for health to maintain balanced hydration there are times when it needs particular attention. Every person should be well hydrated before visiting a spa or gym. The steam room, sauna, and the innovative infrared FIT Body Wrap flush toxins from the body by enhancing perspiration. To avoid dehydration and receive the most benefit from detoxifying perspiration being well hydrated is essential. 

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