#234: How Much Water Do You Really Need To Drink Each Day?

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March 21, 2013 free podcast: How Much Water Do You Really Need To Drink Each Day? Also: how to get rid of varicose veins, the difference between protein and amino acids, healthy eating for camping, what causes hives, and how many hours a week should you lift weights?

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Chris says @ 00:22:05
He has veins that are popping out in his shoulders and bicep. They look like varicose veins (but not as severe – zig zaggy) and he doesn't like the way it looks. Is there anything he can use to make them disappear or is he screwed?

~ In my response, I mention the transcript to a previous episode we did on varicose veins, Also: Horse Chestnut ExtractGrape Seed Extract, and Butcher's Broom.

Brian asks @ 00:31:30
He is new to the supplement thing and would like to know about NatureAminos – is it Amino Acids or Protein?

~ In my response, I mention MAP, FAQ and Ask the Doc Special: Your Guide to Understanding Master Amino Acid Pattern.

George asks @ 00:37:57
Planning a 10 day trip with some boy scouts and would like to know if UCAN SuperStarch be ok to take for 10 straight days (thrown in with the stuff you recommended to a listener for a race in Mongolia – pemican, dark chocolate, SuperGreens, nuts).

~ In the response, I mention my previous episode on the race in Mongolia. In that podcast, I had talked about Pemmican, Cocochia bars, and Supergreens. I also mention you can make your own beef jerky OR eat 200-300 calories of jerky from US Wellness Meats. You can also eat or swallow 25-50 EnergyBits and 5-10 Master Amino Pattern (MAP) capsules. Use 10% discount code “BEN” at EnergyBits.com and get NatureAminos at pacificfit.net. Also check out the real food cookbook.

Ray asks @ 00:45:25
His wife breaks out in a red rash (hives) after she works out. All over her feet, legs, arms and torso. It happens on a warm summer day and in the winter too (inside, at the mall or at home).

~ In my response, I recommend allergy and immunoglobulin testing.

Charlie says @ 00:50:45
He would like to know your recommendation for water intake on a regular day with no workouts or exercise.

~ In my response to Charlie, I mention a home central structured water filter (use code SID288C77TC29 at GreenfieldNaturals.com for 10% discount)

Austin asks @ 00:58:18
He has heard that when you weight lift too much it starts to destroy your muscles rather than build them up. At what point in time does that happen – 5 hours a week or 10 hours a week?

~ In my response, I mention Performance testing at pacificfit.net.

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15 thoughts on “#234: How Much Water Do You Really Need To Drink Each Day?

  1. Beth Hein says:

    This is one awesome post 🙂

    I try to drink water every now and then – before going to sleep, after I wake up (Studies say that water can help to restart our organs), and during my meals.

    Currently, I don’t track my water intake, but I am going to start doing it. As tracking is the only way we know for sure whether we have accomplished our goals.

    I do carry around my own water bottle (20 oz) so tracking will not be tough for me 😀

    Also I try to make water more interesting, I usually go with iced tea 😀

    I don’t have a measuring cup, so I am just going to try and finish my bottle 3 times a day 😀 (that will get me close to my daily intake needed :D).

    Anyways, thank you for the comprehensive post 😉 Water has so many benefits and yet many of us forget to drink enough of it everyday and most of us are not aware of what our daily intake should be.

  2. denn2625 says:

    There’s always been confusion over the subject of how much water what one should take in a day and whether water really contributes to weight loss. Thanks for clarifying them.


  3. Chauncey Lebold says:

    I believe that avoiding refined foods could be the first step in order to lose weight. They could taste excellent, but prepared foods have got very little vitamins and minerals, making you consume more simply to have enough energy to get with the day. If you are constantly feeding on these foods, transferring to whole grains and other complex carbohydrates will make you to have more power while taking in less. Good blog post.

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    1. I'm trying to figure this out myself. I'll keep you posted.

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    It was great to hear Brock pooh pooh Ben about the poo references, at last. ;-)

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  7. Greg says:

    Great episode. Do you have a link to the water study you mentioned about water being exposed to prayer and positive thoughts?

    1. Here:http://www.explorejournal.com/article/S1550-8307(06)00327-2/fulltextandhttp://www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_22_4_radin.pdf

  8. Kem Johnson says:

    Aubergines (egg plant) are not root vegetables. They are yummy nightshades. One eats the fruit.

  9. Jim says:

    Yes! Keep the news flashes! It's always nice to hear about the latest research without someone having to ask a question first. Thanks.

  10. Brian Beaven says:

    Funniest ending to a podcast yet. The banjo was great.

  11. Rodolfo says:

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  12. Jordan says:

    Hey Ben – let me be the first to respond to your question re 'this week in published studies'… YES! please keep them coming! When I discovered this podcast, it was the emphasis on scientifically-backed research that sold me rather than the approach of certain other podcasts: "I train, this is what works for me, you should do it too"

    Having said that.. I cringed when I heard reference to the Japanese water "studies".. or rather, pseudo-studies. This "scientist" has been repeatedly offered $1,000,000 to reproduce the results in a proper, double blind study.. which he has not done. The 'photographers' in the study have also indicated that they were instructed to take the nicest looking pictures they could of the 'postive' slides and vice versa. This is anti-science and should be frowned upon. Not blaming though, these things can slip past the best of us

    1. Yes, and I will be the first to admit that I am using an N=1 argument when I say that I feel much, much better on structured water, and I think we're only scratching the surface on what we truly know about water, bonding, and quantum physics…

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