Are you drinking enough water?

I have always been a water drinker and prefer it over other drinks, and over time I had stopped counting the quantity of water I was drinking, assuming it was enough. That is until I thought I had a summer cold, itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, constantly being bunged up. After three days of these symptoms, I realised it was not just a summer cold as the symptoms would get worse when I stepped outside into the fresh outdoors. It was hay fever.  All of a sudden the beautiful trees and flowers became ‘evil’, I had never seen them in that light before.

I was advised by my hay fever suffering friends that it was not going to go away until I took a little white tablet. Usually I run away from tablets, but the symptoms were so bad, I was prepared to try anything, so I took the little white tablet.  For the rest of the day my eyes and throat were less itchy, but I walked around drowsy and heavy, with no energy. I felt like a zombie.  I was assured by others that this was normal with hay fever medicine.  I couldn’t really see how this little white tablet was good for me.  No more tablets!

I was determined to fight this hay fever. I remembered how years earlier I had an attack of hay fever and had self cured with water after reading Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s  book ‘Your body’s many cries for water’.  

As a therapist, I always question others about their water intake when presented with allergies and asthma, surely I was drinking enough water! Time to revisit the book. What did I discover? Yes, you have guessed it; I needed more water, plus a little sea salt.

I didn’t have any sea salt handy but I increased my water intake. Within a day of increasing my water intake my hay fever symptoms decreased and I had more energy.

However, when I added the sea salt, the hay fever symptoms disappeared completely. I guess I really was just thirsty!

How much water?

Well that is individual to every person and depends on your weight.  Dr. F. Batmanghelidj gives a formula for this.  I have broken this down into metric and imperial conversions to make it a little easier.

Weight yourself in pounds, Divide that number by 2. The answer you get is how many fluid ounces of water you should drink daily.
E.g. If your weight is 200lbs, 200 divided by 2 is 100. So you need to drink 100ounces of water daily.

Weigh yourself in kilograms. Multiply that number by 30. The answer is how many millilitres of water you should drink.
E.g. If your weight is 50kg, 50 multiplied by 30 is 1500. So you need to drink 1500ml of water daily.

How Much Sea Salt?

Don’t forget the sea salt.  For each litre of water you drink, be sure to add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt. I prepare my water bottles at the beginning of the day and add the salt so that it is ready when I need it.

“You’re not sick; you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

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