“Does the Water in My Coffee Count?”
Our patients often assume that every liquid is hydrating. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice — “They contain water, right?” This assumption is dead wrong. They’re not really hydrating. In fact, some of these beverages are dehydrating.
They contain too high a concentration of TDS (total dissolved solids). This means that they do not provide the desired effect of hydration. The high concentration of TDS blocks the transfer of hydrogen ions.
Some beverages actually dehydrate you. You may be losing ground with each cup! We use the rough calculation that each cup of coffee, tea, or soft drink will take TWO cups of water just to get you back to zero. For example, if you drink two cups of coffee per day, it will take four cups of water to neutralize them. That’s four cups on top of your basic need for daily water intake!
Herbal tea, by the way, is not bad for you. It provides a combination of nutritional and medicinal benefits. Due to its TDS level, it won’t provide as much hydration as pure water.
Do you remember our previous discussion about noticing satisfaction as a guiding signal when you eat? Satisfaction is a very positive body signal that tells you when your nutritional needs have been met. “Thirst”, in a similar sense, is a danger signal. It is the signal your body sends meaning the opposite of satisfaction.
If you only “drink when you’re thirsty”, you are “red-lining” it. Your body is in a state of chronic dehydration, in that case. The sensation of thirst is not healthy, but a big warning signal. Dr. Batmanghelidj explains this in his book Your Body’s Many Cries For Water: You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty: Don’t Treat Thirst with Medications. Those “cries for water” are some of the earliest signs of chronic illness.
Drink, drink, drink properly pH balanced and enlivened water and you’ll help to kick your fertility struggles to the curb. As you reverse course away from cellular dehydration, your body will begin to enjoy, and even crave the taste of pure water.
This topic is further explored in Step 4 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.