30 March 2017

Are you drinking enough water?

Read the transcript on my blog: http://bit.ly/2ocWirp Here's some of what science says about the relationship between water and cancer, what we know about the ...

So we've all heard the recommendation

that we should drink six to eight glasses of water a day. But how seriously do we take that? And how much impact does the amount of water that you drink have on your health? Hi. I'm Nikki, the Truth Fairy from ChoosingDifferently.com and I'm here to help you find your way to heal cancer. So the first piece of research that I want to share with you talks about the relationship between fluid intake and the risk of cancer. They looked at three different types of cancer. There were three different studies that they reviewed to look at the effect of how much water you drink and the risk of cancer. And they looked at bladder cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer. And they found the risk was roughly halved from the lowest water intake of the participants in the study to the highest intake. In one study it was two glasses versus five glasses. In another study it was five glasses vs eight glasses. So basically doubling the amount of water that these people drank decreased the risk of cancer by half. And they controlled for other factors like diet, calorie intake and smoking. And it was accounted, this effect was accounted for by the

water alone. So that's quite a big impact. So basically their summary of those results was there's an inverse relationship between fluid intake and the incidence of cancer. And in plain English that means the more water you drink the lower your risk of cancer. The other research that I found on this topic was the importance of the quality of the water. So I found a few studies that correlated poor water quality with increased risk of cancer. For example, it was in China they had poor water quality in a particular area and it was correlated with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer. Nitrates in the water in Spain produced an increase in the risk of bladder cancer. Arsenic in the water in Bangladesh increased the risk of lung cancer. Uranium in the water in Germany increased the risk of various cancers. So contaminants in the water can increase the risk of cancer. So what do we know about water and its effect on the body? Well the first piece of information that you've probably heard many times before is that the human body is made up of a lot of water. Somewhere in the range of 55 to 60 percent although it can vary based on

age, activity levels, how much water you've had to drink recently. All of these things can make it vary a little bit. And the human body has no way to store water so it needs a fresh supply of water every day. You know it loses it constantly through sweating, through breathing, you breathe out moisture when you breathe and of course going to the toilet also you lose water that way as well. So you need to keep constantly replenishing that water because we can only survive for about three days without water. So that's not just starting to feel a bit sick that's actually going from healthy to not alive in three days if we don't drink water. So water is critical to the functioning of the body and it's essential to most of the functions throughout the entire body. It maintains the health and integrity of every cell in the body and promotes growth, survival and reproduction of those cells. It keeps the blood liquid so the blood can carry oxygen and nutrients to the cells and also so it can remove the waste products of normal processes in the cells and toxins like carcinogens and pollutants that are in the body. It's also used in those metabolic processes, for example

making hormones or neurotransmitters or even in digesting our food. One of the key chemical reactions in our digestive system actually uses water as one of the ingredients so it's really important that we have water to be able to do those things. Water also create saliva, helps food moves through the digestive system, all the way through so it can go through all the processes and out the other end and also helps to prevent constipation. It can regulate body temperature through sweating. It controls heart rate and blood pressure. It lubricates and cushions joints and water acts as shock absorber for organs throughout the body including things like the heart the brain and the eyes. And as we've seen from the science, drinking water can reduce the risk of some cancers. And of course if we're dehydrated we have the opposite problem, that the body processes just don't work that well. Particularly things like enzyme reactions stop working properly and the toxins that we're taking into our bodies just can't be removed. So how do you actually use this information? Well the simple answer of course is to eat, to drink a lot of water every day. Preferably six glasses or more and as

much as eight if you can manage it. Always have ready access to water so it's always handy so you don't to have to have, you don't have that obstacle of making that effort to go and get some water in order to be able to drink. Drink before you get thirsty. So once our body starts telling us we're thirsty it's almost, it's not "too late", but we're quite dehydrated by that point. So if we're thirsty we've left it too long. So try and drink regularly as a course of habit so that you don't reach that point. Drink most of your water as water on its own if you can manage it but of course if drinking your favorite beverages increases the chances that you'll actually drink enough water, then by all means do that. Things that you can do include adding lemon to your water to make it taste more interesting, you can do fruit infusions or you can drink herbal teas or green tea, which has been shown to work against cancer. And of course avoid those sugary drinks because if you're drinking sugary drinks, not only are you getting the sugar that is creating the ideal conditions for cancer to thrive as I've talked about in previous videos, it also dehydrates you. So they remove water

from your body rather than actually giving you water. So stay away from those. One other way that you can get more water into you during the course of the day is to eat more water-rich foods. And not surprisingly the most water-rich foods are fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are in the order of eighty percent water or more and some are as high as ninety percent and even higher. Things like lettuce, watermelon, celery, spinach all have 90 plus percent of water so they're a great way to get even more water into your day. So how do I make use of this information? Well the first thing that I do when I get up in the morning is I drink a glass of water. Not only does that get me started on my glass count straight away but it helps to get the digestive system going, flushes out anything that's been accumulating overnight, and by the time I'm ready to eat my digestive system has flushed out and it's ready to go. I have a glass of water on my desk at all times and I drink from that constantly over the course of the day. And every time it runs out I refill it from this bottle that I have sitting on my desk at all times and I refill that every time that empties

out and that's I think about a litre water. So I drink at least a litre of water a day plus all the other glasses of water I have around that.One other way that I get more water into my day is I drink lots of smoothies. I might drink 1 to 4 smoothies a day and I also drink herbal teas. Things like tulsi tea, lemon balm tea, and raspberry leaf tea are all really good for your body in general, they can be good against cancer in some cases. But I just really like the way they taste so it's another way to get more water into your day. The last thing that I do which is also important and it's connected with that science that I was mentioning about water quality. And that is I only drink filtered water. I've been drinking only filtered water for many years now. I just don't like the idea of adding more junk into my system. I don't know what's in the water that comes out of my tap and I'd rather know that I'm drinking clean water and minimising the amount of additional strain I'm putting on my body through additional toxins or contaminants. So that was a little bit about why it's important to drink lots of water and what effect it can have on your health. I hope you found that video

useful and now I'd love to hear from you. How much water do you drink every day? And what are your favorite tips to make sure that you remember to drink enough? Share those in the comments so that we can all benefit from what you've learned works for you. Catch my next video to continue activating your body's natural ability to heal.