If you take up a detox diet plan, the experts say that you are less likely to develop such nasty illnesses as Parkinsons and Alzheimers. Maybe you think those possibilities are too far off to be bothered thinking about. Or maybe you don’t want to take the chance. Anyhoo, let’s look at a crucial part of your detox diet menu – water.
Your first step should be talking to your doctor. If you are anemic, diabetic, pregnant, lactating or have any chronic health issues, you should not make any drastic changes to your diet. If you are contemplating a water detox, your doctor will probably tell you not to do it. People have been known to die from drinking too much water, and not eating will just increase the health risks.
Water intake should be an important part of your diet plan. After all, we are around sixty percent water. When you see water referred to in detox plans, that doesn’t mean liquids in general, it means pure water. Some drinks like coffee, for instance actually promote dehydration.
One sign of dehydration is a strong smell to your urine. If your body is low on water you will feel muscular pain, headaches, pains in your joints and constipation.
Don’t take your water straight out of the tap. Use an efficient filter, like one of the charcoal ones, to get rid of any impurities in your local water supply. If you buy bottled water make sure it’s not just bottled tap water.
The storage of your water affects its quality. Glass containers are best because they don’t add anything to the water. If you have to use plastic bottles, throw them out after the first use.
Every calorie you take in should be supplemented with a mL of water some time during the day. If you eat food that adds up to a thousand calories, you should be drinking a thousand milliliters of water. Remember to include the calories in soft drinks, iced tea or juice. If the weather is hot you will need to drink more water and you should allow a quart of water for each hour of exercise you do.
Keeping up your water intake goes hand in hand with planning healthy sleep. Do not drink water closer than a couple of hours before you plan on going to bed. If you don’t feel the urge to urinate during your sleeping time, you have a better chance for proper sleep.