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How much Ionized Water to Drink and When to Drink It

(click to read "Why I Drink Ionized Water")
By Tina Rappaport - 01/04/09

Why to drink? That's easy... To Reverse Aging! Detoxify! Purify! Energize! Vitalize!

How much should you drink:

It's said we need 8-10 glasses of water a day (8 oz. glasses).

That's at least 2 quarts of water. This is just to provide the water we need to wash away the acidity from our bodily functions and remove our own wastes.

The truth is, most of us are dehydrated. We drink much less than 2 quarts and have quite a deficit to try and make up. So, in effect, if we don't drink at least 2 quarts a day, we leave behind our body's own acidic wastes, polluting our system a bit more every day.

A simple formula for the minimum you should drink daily is 1/2 your weight in ounces. If you weigh 128 lbs., you'd drink a minimum of 64 ounces, or 2 quarts (1 quart = 32 ounces).

But this is a minimum. Better than this, IS YOUR WEIGHT IN OUNCES! You should strive for doubling the minimum and drinking 4 quarts of ionized water daily if you weigh 128 pounds. When I got to the point of drinking my weight in ounces, that's when I felt the real therapeutic affects. (click to read My Story)

Now, you might think you'll spend the day running to the bathroom, and at first you might, but what I found (and my 80 year old mother found this too) is that your urine is much less acidic so it doesn't stimulate your bladder quite so much and you don't go every 5 minutes like you think you would. Yes, you go more, because you're drinking so much, but I found I could hold much more with much less discomfort. Mom found that out too!

Babies are 90% water!

A brief word here about the concept out there that you needn't drink so much. I don't believe it. Our bodies are mostly water (70%) and ALL of our bodily processes take place in water. Don't drink enough, and it stands to reason that your water is polluted with a concentration of your own toxic waste products. My research on the molecular structure of water, and ionized water in particular, leads me to say that soup, coffee, soda and other liquids JUST ARE NOT WATER to your body.

As babies we were 90%. See how "puffy" an infant's hands are? That's lots of water!

As adults we are about 70% water.

In old age, most of us shrink down to 50% water.
This doesn't have to happen to you and me!

Now most days I drink more than my weight in ounces. I drink about 4 quarts of ionized water and I weight just under 100 lbs. You might ask, how do I manage to drink that much in one day?

How do I manage to drink so much water?

Most important is to plan ahead.

Tina's Tidbit:
If you're home, no problem, you have a bathroom available as you need it, but if you're out, plan ahead. Figure when you can take bathroom breaks at work, figure in your driving, shopping, etc. and plan ahead, knowing that you'll have to urinate 30 minutes or so after you drink a quantity of water. I usually bring a quart of water in the car and drink it on the way to the supermarket, then use the bathroom BEFORE getting my shopping cart. I can drink more on the way home! It's just a matter of planning and accepting the small inconvenience for the large benefit in your well-being!
When to drink:

Here's the low down on how I drink 4 quarts of water a day! You can do it too. And even more!

First, when NOT to drink:

Remember: it's important that you don't drink for 30 minutes BEFORE you eat, because that washes away your digestive juices and you want the acidic digestive liquids to build up before eating for optimal digestion.

AND don't drink for about an hour AFTER you eat, to give your stomach a chance to do its work without diluting the digestive acids. Keeping this in mind, it becomes very clear when you drink and when you eat, trying NOT to drink while you're eating.

You must be well hydrated BEFORE you eat to have water available for digestion (the process uses about 2 cups). Drinking while you're eating only dilutes the digestive juices.

I'm a big drinker:

Quart 1: I drink 1 quart in the morning before breakfast, starting as soon as I get up. I drink over about a 30-40 minute period. This actually gives me quite an energy boost, much smoother and better sustained than caffeine. It also serves to re-hydrate after sleeping and flush the kidneys.

Quart 2: After breakfast (1 hour after) and before lunch (at least 30 minutes before) I drink another quart over about a 2 hour period.

Quart 3: After lunch (1 hour after) and before dinner (at least 30 minutes before) is another quart.

Quart 4: After dinner, before bed - I stop drinking about 2 hours before I go to sleep so I'm not going to the bathroom all night. I usually wake up once to go anyway.

Great timer from Bed Bath and Beyond

You'd think with all this "timing" I'd be watching the clock constantly, but I don't. Most days I use a small digital timer that clips to my pocket or stands up on my desk (I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99). After I eat I hit the "hour" button to time one hour and when it rings, I know it's time to start drinking! However you must "time it", do it. Don't find excuses. Because we are mostly water we must give water its due place in our lives and adjust!

What I drink from:

At home I drink from a quart glass bottle. I found easy-to-hold, quart-size glass juice bottles at a dollar store and washed them out really well - no odor of juice is left. I prefer not to engage in the controversy over the plastic bottles, even the polycarbonate or stainless steel - some sources say not to use ionized water in stainless steel, so I stick with glass. I believe it is likely that the metal in stainless steel may react with the ionized water structure, so I prefer not to use them until the jury decides.

On the go I do use the polycarbonate (#7) bottles when glass is inconvenient. So long as I'm not storing the water, or letting it get hot, I think it's ok for short-term daily use. I carry my plastic bottle in an insulated pouch that can actually clip around my waist like a fanny-pak, so it frees up my hands and I don't have a bottle constantly slipping off my shoulder. Contact me if you'd like to know more about this pouch.

Sometimes at home I like to drink from these pretty blown-glass 24 ounce drinking glasses, but I pour my water from my quart bottle into this glass, so I can keep track of how many quarts I drink, which brings me to my last point on this topic...

Have you noticed...

...that I always refer to quarts? I haven't said I drink 16 glasses, right? I say quarts (you could substitute liters for quarts if you want). This is because it's SO MUCH EASIER to remember how many quart bottles you drank so far today than to count all those cups! Give up the cup idea and use quarts, whether it's three quarts or three and a half, it's much easier and you'll thank me for making this suggestion! (Email me to thank me!)

Remember, in addition to filtering your tap water, Ionizers have four main benefits:

- Ionizers provide high pH water to neutralize acidity in your body and may help you lose weight.
- Ionizers provide the good, negative antioxidants to protect cellular growth and may prevent aging.
- Ionizers increase available oxygen for mental clarity, boundless energy and disease protection.
- Ionizers microcluster water molecules to hydrate your cells and detoxify you easier and much more deeply.

Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes water and nobody knows what that is.

D.H. LAWRENCE (1885-1930), Pansies, 1929