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Drink

Day 23 - What can I drink besides water?

If you’ve become accustomed to drinking soda, coffee, tea, wine or juice, you may be thinking that your drinking options are limited. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are several things you can drink that are compatible with this Challenge as well as extremely delicious. Here are just a few ideas off the top of my head.

One drink I didn’t mention is beet kvass — a drink of Eastern European origin. I drink it fairly frequently throughout the year. Most people tell me that they love it. I wouldn’t say that I necessarily love it, but I do crave it because my body needs it. Beets are excellent for building blood and with my history of anemia, it’s understandable why I crave it from time to time. The recipe I use comes from Sally Fallon and Mary Enig’s book, Nourishing Traditions — a book that EVERYBODY who is interested in good health should have on the shelf. To make a half gallon of beet kvass, you need:

3 medium sized beets

1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

2 tablespoons of whey (drained from yogurt or milk kefir through a coffee filter) or water kefir

filtered water

Chop beets roughly — not too fine or you will make alcohol! Add other ingredients and water to fill your jar. Let sit at room temperature for 3 days (2 in warm weather). Chill. Give a quick stir before pouring off some of the water for the first time. I use a sprouting lid on the top of my mason jar to hold the beets in the jar as I pour off the kvass. I don’t discard the beets until I am down to my last 1/2 cup of kvass. I pour this off into a clean jar and use it in place of whey to start a new batch. The chopped beets end up in the compost pile


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

The Dangers of Drinking Water

There’s no doubt about it. Water is a healthy beverage, especially when compared to soda, juice or alcohol. But just because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean that you can drink as much of it as you want without ill effect. It doesn’t even mean that the recommendation of drinking 8 glasses per day is a wise move.

Sure, everybody talks about “everything in moderation”, but that is rarely followed by water enthusiasts. Over the past decade or so, I have met many, many people who have put themselves into a coma or otherwise exacerbated a health condition by consuming excessive amounts of water — often under the direction of a doctor or self-educated health practitioner with dubious credentials.

The truth is that people are not only drinking too much water, they are drinking the worst kind of water. Water that is too pure is incredibly dangerous to drink. Water almost never exists as simply H2O in nature, it is a complex of many nutrients that come together to create balance in the body.

In my new book, Drowning in 8 Glasses: 7 Myths about Water Revealed, readers are taken on a journey of water drinking habits as viewed from traditional cultures as well as the scientific truths about what water can and cannot do for your body.

Let’s face it. Most of the information we are given about health is fueled by big business and the benefits of water, as we normally understand them, are no different. Bottled water companies have made billions selling us dreams of weight loss, heart health, clear skin, and an overall better life by literally drowning ourselves in more water. Unfortunately, the opposite is often true.

Everybody deserves to know the truth about what they put in their body. If you want to ensure that you get not only the correct amount of water, but the right kind of water in your body, then pick up a copy of Drowning in 8 Glasses: 7 Myths about Water Revealed today for only $2.99 on Amazon.com


About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne-Hew_BlackWhite.jpg

Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

How much water should you be drinking?

drinking fresh water from a glass

drinking fresh water from a glass

Nowadays, there appear to be many misunderstandings about how much drinking water is most beneficial to your health. Several professionals state that you ought to consume eight eyeglasses per day. Others sustain that you ought to consume a minimum of 1/2 oz of water for each pound of body weight. However where do these types of suggestions originate from?

Doctor. F. Batmanghelidj was imprisoned as a political prisoner in Iran during the eighties. With little sources and medicines to deal with inmates, he simply turned to water to help a fellow prisoner with a peptic ulcer. Within eight minutes the man was “cured”. Soon, he began instructing other inmates with health issues to drink water for their illnesses. Once he was released from prison some two plus years later, he wrote several papers and books detailing his experiences and experiments.

While I don’t really suggest people drink water with abandon, Dr. B had a good point: You should always try the least invasive method of treatment prior to taking on medication.

Sadly, consuming a lot of basic drinking water daily frequently harms many people. Actually, many people every year end up in comas due to consumption of excessive amounts of water. How is this possible?

To put it simply, drinking lots of water regularly is a key stressor to the body’s kidneys. The kidneys’  main function is to act as the filtering system of the body by maintaining electrolyte balance, mainly sodium as well as blood potassium. Drinking water that is devoid of or low in minerals flushes much needed sodium from the body resulting in systemic shock leading to coma.

Ironically, this kind of outcome appears to affect health fanatics who eat mostly grains, fruits and vegetables. These foods are already lower in sodium and higher in water. Lean meats tend to be slightly higher in salt comparatively, but they also contain lots of water. Thus incorporating even more drinking water is likely to upset the body’s balance.

However, for those who consume commercial and processed foods which are packed with pure sodium, drinking 8 or maybe more glasses of water daily is probably warranted.

What is often overlooked is how DRYING water is. Yes, I know you are told that it is a moisturizer, but that is 100% false. Think about it, when you wash your hands, the first thing you need to do afterwards is dry the water before it dries you. The moisture you want will come from fats and oils in your diet, not water. Water will age you like nobody’s business when consumed in large amounts. It is best to consume smaller amounts sipped throughout the day. That way they “mist” your body instead of drying it out which would lead to premature aging in the form of wrinkles and sagging.

It really is intriguing to note that in many parts of Asia, specifically in China, consuming simple water isn’t just not common, it really is considered a bad health move. These cultures view drinking plain water within extremely mineralized varieties such as abundant bone tissue broths as well as green tea. Seeing that these types of civilizations have far better health outcomes than our own and remain more youthful looking throughout their lives, it would be wise to use their centuries old experience as a guide instead of new fangled recommendations that have inconsistent outcomes.

Now how much water should you beverage a day? If you are consuming any junk foods, then you definitely want to raise your pure intake of water accordingly, however if health is at all a  concern, then you need to replace as many of these foods or drinks as possible with water in the form of broths and teas. If you are already eating mainly real food, then you will probably be fine drinking only when you are thirsty and whenever possible, obtain it broths or even green tea.


About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne-Hew_BlackWhite.jpg

Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.