Do you drink enough water every day? Most people don’t. If you are healthy you need a lot of water but if you have problems with your thyroid gland you need it even more. Water performs many important functions in the body and can help relieve the symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
It is important to understand that there is no substitution for water. Drinking juice or soda is not the same. They are all liquid, but that’s all they have in common. In fact, if you drink soda, you should have an extra glass of water for every can of soda just to counteract its effects.
There has been a long-standing debate about the best type of water to drink. Some advocate distilled water, while others say no. Some advocate bottled water, while others say no. Some companies that sell bottled water simply bottle water straight from the tap and will soon be asked to reveal it on the bottle label. In other products, the purification practices have been clearly labeled. Probably the best solution is to filter your own water at home using an under-sink filter, a filter for your refrigerator, or a portable filter for each jug or glass you fill.
The water you drink should be pure and clean water because your cells will bathe in it and you don’t want to damage yourself with impurities, especially if you drink eight glasses a day. The exact formula for the recommended amount of water you should drink each day is half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water every day. This formula was devised by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, who cured many people of all kinds of diseases by increasing their water intake. So what will drinking all this water do for you? It will plump and hydrate your skin, fight constipation, give you more energy, help regulate your body temperature, help clear brain fog, and help you lose weight. Do these benefits sound familiar? They should because each of them is a cure for a symptom of thyroid disease.
Dr. Batmanghelidj coined the term involuntary chronic dehydration (UCD) to describe the condition of many people today who do not drink enough water and as a result, their body begins to show symptoms of chronic illness. Fortunately, according to Dr. Batmanghelidj, many of these diseases can be reversed simply by drinking enough water every day without fail. Even if the disease is not reversed, symptoms become much more manageable simply by drinking enough water every day.
To help you keep track of how much water you drink each day, fill a pitcher with the amount you should drink so you can see it decrease with each glass. If you’re out and about, you can keep track of using a simple tally counter in which you move one bead to the other side with every eight ounces you drink. It may seem like a lot of work, but that’s how important it really is to get enough water. You owe it to yourself and your health to increase your water intake every day.
Keep in mind that there is a limit to what is healthy. If you drink too much too fast, you can harm your body. So don’t drink a whole day’s ration in one sitting. Spread it out throughout your day. If you forget it, don’t try to duplicate it later.
If you’re like most people, the reason you don’t drink a lot of water is because it doesn’t taste as good. It will take some getting used to, but you can if you eliminate all other fluids from your diet. Don’t drink any more sodas, they’re bad for your thyroid anyway. Whenever you feel thirsty, reach for water instead of your usual drink. If you keep the water in the refrigerator to make it nice and cold, it seems like it tastes a little better.
However, water drunk at room temperature has been shown to be more easily absorbed by body tissues and cells and will be better for you, so do it if you can! It won’t be easy for the first few days, especially if you’re hooked on tea or cola. Over time, you get used to drinking water and it won’t seem so bad and your thyroid will thank you for making the change.