The Great Sleep Experiment: Day Six and Water

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I woke up before my alarm for the first time this morning. I woke, sleep mask on and thought "I need to get back to sleep I don't want a broken night..." and then the alarm went off - so I woke up about 5 seconds before 5am. This crazy sleep training really works!

And I felt good. It took about 2-3 minutes to be fully awake. I think hydration helps. I definitely drank more water yesterday than I have been , although not so much as I'd like.

If you've never read 'Your Body's Many Cries for Water' by Dr Batmanghelidj it's worth a look. I haven't got a copy and I last read it a few years ago when I was in college, but it inspired me to drink more. Everytime I do I have massively improved energy levels, clear skin and health - yet for some reason I always forget and stop doing it. This is one of the first things I usually suggest to people who talk to me about health complaints because a) most people don't drink enough water and b) it's free. People complain about GAPS being too expensive or too much effort. The water cure shouldn't really cost you anything (assuming you already own some salt) and it requires very little effort. If someone is not willing to drink some water to maintain their health it's unlikely they are going to make any other lifestyle changes.

If you don't want to buy the book and you just want to have a go at Dr Batman's water cure, here's the "recipe":

  • Drink half your body weight (lbs) in water (oz) throughout the day
  • 1/8 tsp of good quality salt for every 16oz you drink
  • If you have any swelling (feet, ankles, arms, legs... etc....) stop salt for 3 days and then start again (unless the swelling is caused by injury).
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Let's take, for example, someone who is 192lb (13st 7lb). Half their weight is equal to 96lb, so they need 96 fl oz. Divide it by eight and they need 12 fl oz. So they would drink eight 12 fl oz glasses of water each day. It's actually not too hard to manage that. 

You should drink the water quickly, over 5-6 minutes at each sitting. No nursing a cup all day. This is about letting your body know that it has a plentiful supply of water and it doesn't need to preserve resources. 

Bear in mind that if you don't currently drink much water you need to increase your intake slowly. Otherwise it can act as a 'water pill' drawing minerals from your body. The water should be able to stay in your body for 2-3 hours. If you need to pee straight after drinking it's not doing what you need it to. 

If you find that you are not able to keep the water in your body for 2-3 hours, dilute some freshly pressed orange juice and try that. Eventually you want to be drinking fresh water, but your body might need to be 'trained' into managing it if you have been chronically dehydrated for a long time.

Here's a helpful little table from the water cure website to help you manage your water in take.


“FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, DRINK WATER!”
1. Water – (amount required)_________oz.  Note Time.
Wait  - now you wait 30 minutes (ideally) before eating.
Eat  - Breakfast.  Start Timing.
Wait  - 2- 2 /12 hours (nothing goes in your mouth).
 4. Water – (amount required) __________oz. Note Time.
Wait  -  now you wait 30 minutes (ideally) before eating.
Eat  -  Snack.  Start timing.
Wait  -  2 – 2 ½ hours (nothing goes in your mouth).
 2. Water  - (amount required) _________oz.  Note Time.
Wait  - now you wait 30 minutes (ideally) before eating
Eat  - Snack.  Start Timing.
(Snack optional, but still wait the 2 – 2 ½ hrs)
Wait  - 2 – 2 ½ hours ( nothing goes in your mouth, not  even gum, mints, etc.)            
 5.  Water -  (amount required) _________oz. Note Time.
Wait -  now you wait 30 minutes (ideally) before eating.
Eat -  Evening meal.  Start timing.
Wait -  2 – 2 ½ hours (nothing goes in your mouth).
After eating, don’t go to bed until you’ve had your next portion of water which helps you digest the food.  Try to go for a short walk.  If short on time, just skip food and do water.
 3. Water  - (amount required) _________oz. Note Time.
Wait  -  now you wait 30 minutes (ideally) before eating.
Eat -  Lunch.  Start Timing.
Wait - 2 - 2 1/2 hours (nothing goes in your mouth).
* Half your weight in ounces is the minimum amount of water, but a good starting point.    If you’re working outside, exercising, doing sports or in an air conditioned or heated room, extra water & salt is needed to prevent dehydration.
 6.  Water -  (amount required) _________oz. Note Time.
Wait -  now you wait 30 minutes (ideally) before eating.
Eat -  Snack.  Start timing.
Wait -  2 – 2 ½ hours (nothing goes in your mouth).
Go for a short walk and then go to bed.  (Any time you get up in the night to go to the bathroom, drink ½ glass of water and put a grain or two of salt on your tongue, then go back to bed).  You can drink water any time you feel you need it. 

  







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