Originally posted by CosmicEgg
And once again, you're going to have to do a bit more research using your own body to know the truth here. Drinking too much washes out
water-soluble vitamins, but it also introduces heavy metals into the body quite unnecessarily - because very few places on Earth have really clean
water. If you need to retain water in your circulatory system, which is closed I might add, then bump up your salt intake too. Not iodized salt
though, use uncleaned sea salt.
I realize I was a little harsh and I do applaud your ability to provide a reasonable answer to my somewhat cynical post, I guess it was just because
of the fact that I completely disagreed with the idea that part of a healthy diet was obtaining all your liquids from solid foods.
I agree with your point that most water probably has harmful metals in it and for that reason shouldn't be taken in vast amounts. However I have
never felt that this has ever impacted my health and I guess I am of the old school in the way that I feel a person can't avoid all the harmful
things in nature or their body will eventually be less able to resist them. I am also very aware that too much water can dilute the body of valuable
vitamins, heck too much water can even kill you but this also takes vast amounts of water, more than anyone would reasonably drink.
I have also heard, and believe, that by the time you are thirsty, you're body is already dehydrated, for this reason, and considering that your body
is about 60% water, I drink a moderate number of liquids throughout the day even if I am not thirsty. This is also probably because I excersize a bit
and it is always unpleasant to excersize when you are already thirsty.
Another reason that waiting until your thirsty might not be a great idea is that I have also heard and believe that people can mistake thirst for
hunger. I know I have made this mistake, and sometimes when I'm feeling hungry when I dont think that I should, I ask myself, could I just be
thirsty? and alot of the time this is the case.
Also, if I am in a gas station or something, and I am craving a twinky or a bag of chips, it is also sometimes because I haven't eaten recently and I
should probably go home, have some healthy food, and then ask myself if I still want a candy bar. Listening to your body when it comes to food is also
I just feel that people rarely think rationally about food. The OP even stated that he went from an extremely unhealthy diet to an extreme raw food
diet. Unless he made a complete personality transformation over night, this will probably not last, and a more gradual approach to healthy eating
would probably be more succesful.
It also seems like his new approach to eating takes just as much time as eating a normal healthy diet would (for example, I have used a juicer and
those things are not exactly expedient, you have to put a decent amount of fruit in for a small amount of juice and the cleaning after each use can be
kind of rediculous). So this shows that time might not be the main issue as much as a matter of prioritizing.
I feel that living a healthy lifestyle is as simple as eating a moderate amount of food that does not contain too many fats, sugars, or strange
chemicals, and having a good excersize regimen.
I guess I just get wary of the fact that so many people eat way more calories, fat, sugars and other such than they should, and don't excersize, and
then wonder why the doctor says they are not healthy.
Going on a raw food diet can also be a great idea, just remember to be rational about it.