Our Bodies are 72% Water…Are you aware of how much water you really need to ingest to remain healthy?

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A while back while in an Isha Yoga workshop I watched a video in which Sadhguru explained about our bodies need for water.  He joked about how surprised he was to see so many Americans walking around carrying water bottles and drinking all day long, he said in India when temperatures are often close to or over 100 degrees you never see folks carrying water and drinking like in America.  This really jolted me to be true….I myself don’t carry water while at home in the USA or when in India, even while riding a bicycle at mid-day in India I never felt dehydrated.  As a Yoga Teacher my studio’s rest room is in another part of the property and often participants are leaving during  the class to go to use the facilities.  I have tried to explain that one should not ingest food and drinks at least 2 or more hours prior to class to leave the digestive process dormant for yoga practice.  I have explained about using Himalayan sea salt to help keep the body properly hydrated but still there are those who come to class with their water bottles and those who apparently have gulped water all along right up to walking in class.  Another important thing that Sadhguru explained was about how disruptive leaving the yoga class is to a participant, previously I was concerned about disruption to the entire group and just wanted the individual to feel comfortable to relieve their system at the restroom.  All of this got me to think again about how conditioned western folks are and how they are “educated” by the corporations who only concern is grabbing their dollars at the cost of their overall health and wellbeing.  Several years ago there was some disturbing news that many foreign nationals had wrangled the rights to many major USA communities/towns/cities/regional water utility contracts.  Around the same time the commercialization of bottled water sprang up and Americans were strongly advised to ingest at least 8 glasses of water per day…another industry driven “quasi-health” campaign?

Back to the basics…Water does provide for the necessary exchange for nutrients to reach our cells and for waste to leave via our elimination processes, but what’s the truth about the needed daily amounts? Just recently The institute for Medicine in the USA published this….”the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide.”  (Please do click the link to see a short video with Sadhguru and Ed Begley Jr. talking about this subject a few months ago in the USA.)  Many have been brain washed to believe they must always hold a water bottle in their hand all day long to ingest enough water.  Hence sales of chic designer water bottles, bottle carriers and artisanal Waters from France to Fiji.  For those who eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies (9-15 servings per day) they are getting lots of water as these foods are high in water content.  In the video I watched in the workshop Sadhguru explained a bit about the science behind what happens to the body when ingesting too much water, and I can say I witness some of these imbalances (including unexplained allergies and more)  my students who are always sharing proudly about how much they drink water.  The Medical field is usually careful about what they share so as to avoid legal battles, so we may have to wait for a longer time to know the upside of this change of advice and its negative implications and havoc this trend has placed on so many who were just trying to take care of their health by buying and drinking water.  At the safe side, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, Professor of Medicine/Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania stated, “…if anything drinking too much water can slightly impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood.  The only people who should drink excess water are those who have had kidney stones.”   I also want to add for nursing mothers like my Daughter-in-Law, Alyson who is nursing our Grandson Rowan, drinking water and herbal teas are necessary as you are sharing your supply with the Baby, so keep drinking up while nursing.  As well, other conditions that one may be advised by their doctors to keep to a certain regime.

I think many who are aware about taking care of our Mothership Earth, that plastic water bottles are just damaging the planet and I recommend getting a water filter and a copper vessel.  In the link there is print information and in the video Sadhguru explains about what happens to the energy of our water as it moves in pipes to our sinks.  Once again, Sadhguru brings us back to think about the most subtle and extremely important points about energy consumption and how it affects our energetic levels.  Another instance of modernization hazards, convenience of having sophisticated piping to bring water into the home vs. having to carry it from the well to the kitchen, but something beneficial was there when we had to do this.  Perhaps now we can understand about how useful the time  may be as our water is filtered and is stored allowing for the molecules to re-establish a harmonious level. Please do click the link below the image to see the information compiled by IshaUSA and the video, thanks again to Isha Foundation for preparing this really important information.  Thanks for reading this post and please do share it with others, here’s to your good health, Namaste, OM!

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  1. I get that most of the population is overdoing the water drinking. But I think when you get to a certain age, your body can no longer let you know that you’re thirsty. I’ve seen this firsthand with my grandmother who will be 96 very soon. For the majority of people, healthy and young to middle aged we probably get enough water from our normal eating habits, but the aged, like my grandmother, who never really got in the habit of drinking water since she had her coffee, tea, fruits, etc, now have a problem. The coffee and tea act as a diuretic and they become dehydrated rather frequently. In my grandmother’s case, she’s been hospitalized twice because the dehydration caused dizziness which in turn caused a spike in blood pressure, etc….So maybe the bottles just make it easier to remember to drink water. Then the drinking of water becomes a habit which will serve us well in our old age! So I guess there’s a downside and upside to the issue

  2. Matt Tuckerman
    Very interesting read. I had always thought you should have a daily intake of water and always be mindful of how much you take / need. But the majority of people, probably intake the regular amount. But it’s interesting to think about how many people don’t regularly intake water and suffer dehydration. It’s mind blowing to think that we as humans (who make up atleast 40% water), can actually intake too much water or too less water.

  3. “Around the same time the commercialization of bottled water sprang up and Americans were strongly advised to ingest at least 8 glasses of water per day…another industry driven “quasi-health” campaign?” When I read this line it reminded me so much about how corporations like to sell items like meat and milk to the public as healthy and necessary to your well being.
    I have heard that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment and for the person. The material they use contain BPA and cancer causing materials. It is best to get either a glass bottle or at least a BPA reusable bottle to carry your water.

  4. I have always tried to avoid buying or using plastic water bottle if I can. Growing up, we were never really encouraged to drink the amount of water that is stressed now. I remember think that 8, 8 ounce glasses of water seemed like quite a lot. As you mentioned, what if I am not thirsty? Do I have to force myself to drink? Beyond just the amount of water we are expected to drink, I have always thought that plastic bottles are wasteful for the environment. It is interesting to read and listen, once again to Sadhguru explain what the truth is about water, how much we actually need, and the better ways that we can treat water.

    There is this question of force that returns t my mind when thinking about water consumption. I always felt forced to drink water, and now I exceed the recommended amount because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. Sadhguru also brought up the fact that water retains “memories” to some extent. By forcing the water out of a pipe, making it twist and turn in what I can only imagine is very violence, what you are drinking becomes toxic in some way. In thinking about this more in depth, I found that I understand where this idea comes from. It is actually quite logical. FOr instance, I own a couple of plants. They do not require a lot of water, but all of the sources i have read recommend that you let the water you will use on them to sit out for a few hours to allow the chemical to evaporate out. Otherwise the soil will become clumpy and kill the plant. Why shouldn’t we do the same for our bodies?

    While we, as human beings, are not plants, I believe that there is a lesson to be learned here. Sadhguru points out that it is a distinctly American fascination with drinking water all day long despite one’s actual thirst level. Though I do not buy water very regularly, and instead use a filter system and a reusable bottle, I am considering using a copper vessel in the future to better utilize this precious resource.

  5. This article, like some other ones from this blog, turned on the association with exercising and working out for me. It is known that you should not eat or drink too much water two hours prior to working out because of its negative affects on the body. I am conscious of the fact the too much of any one thing is bad for you; even water as well as any kind of healthy foods like fruit/vegetables. Drinking too much water can lead to over hydration which is not good for the body.
    On consuming water bottles as a country, it is starting to become an issue because of our massive production of waste. Most people are oblivious to the fact that by supporting this industry is damaging our planet and by putting more money into it, we are advocating the destruction of our environment. Better alternatives to consuming many many plastic bottles of water, people can invest in their own personal water bottle. There are many durable ones on the market that can and will last a long time.

  6. When I was attending my previous school in Brooklyn, I had a professor by the name of Dr. Richard Kempter. He was a professor of psychology and he would often voice his opinion on our attachment to bottled water. He was aware of their environmental hazard, and would advocate for more utilization of water fountains around our school, and even around the city. He’d say that “New York has the cleanest water in the world.” And he wasn’t completely wrong. The Western world is blessed to have some of the purest water around. In December of 2009, the Environmental Working Group conducted a test of the tap water in major cities, and ranked New York City at number 13.
    He would also discuss the psychological reasons behind the reasons we were so attached to our bottled water. Whenever he would bring the topic up, students would express their disdain of tap water. One of the reasons we are so drawn to it, besides social conditioning, was our belief that we believe that is indeed cleaner. However, in March of 2014, Salon.com published an article and worked to dispel that belief. They state, “Much of the bottled water Americans drink, including top brands like Aquafina and Dasani, is pretty much the same stuff you get from your own faucet, perhaps run through an additional filter by the bottler.”
    Given all of this information, how does this tie into what Sahdguru and The Isha Foundation have stated? Both parties help us to realize that we are over consuming, and is doing us no good. In fact, it can give us imbalances due to “excess absorption.” The Isha Foundation espoused, “You can get better results for your body by ditching the water bottle for now and drinking water just a few times a day when you feel thirsty.” As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are not slaves to our bodies. By reconditioning our consumption of liquids and plastic, we can certainly improve ourselves and our planet.

  7. I am always continually amazed by the connection between our bodies and the earth. I say this because both the earth and our bodies are 72% water. It is very surprising to hear that the daily vigorous intake of water is actually incredibly futile. There is a delicate balance between making sure you are not too hydrated and not under hydrated. It makes more sense that one should drink as they feel necessary plus a little extra as opposed to forcing large amounts of water into your body. The body is incredibly good at maintaining itself, and if you are maintaining a proper diet you should be taking in water from fruits and veggies as well.

    I have never been particularly good at drinking a ton of water as I have always been told to do. I usually do just drink when I feel thirsty, and that seems to be the best system for me. It’s not as though your body retain the extra water, it literally gets forced out of your body at a quick rate when you over hydrate.just as with anything else, everything in moderation. it makes sense to give your body just what it needs when it needs it.

    I will be more mindful of the foods i consume and monitor my intake of water. I typically try to avoid bottled water. I used to be a huge bottle drinker but I have tried to do my best to not use as much plastic, and I prefer using metal bottles. I will consider switching to copper to get the best out of my water.

  8. Madeline Bodendorf
    I believe that while this article/video/entry was insightful, I still don’t believe it. I feel that I would believe this much better if there were physical evidence showing us the importance of not drinking so much water. I always learned that even if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Being dehydrated is one of the worst things you can do to your body and sipping throughout the day can prevent this. Hydration is the key to preventing muscle fatigue, dizziness, and even more serious symptoms. When you do not hydrate your body, your body can’t perform at its highest potential which is what practicing yoga is all about.
    However, I appreciated the look at the environmental impact. I always try to use a reusable water bottle because there really is no need for me to be wasting the plastic that each water bottle has. Sure, I always recycle but I don’t need to be wasting money on something I can get from the sink or in a gallon jug. Carrying around a reusable water bottle also helps remind a lot of people to keep drinking water and hydrate their body.
    This article did bring up an issue that could be important in the future, but for now I’m going to keep my body hydrated (two hours before class, of course).

  9. 5 elements of life.

    In the video, he mentions about cleansing the elements. It is determined in our system and how it behave in us. Our large focus is water. He mentioned how people are a product of this planet because mainly we are 60% of water. I believe we are part of the earth because we are made with earth such as ashes, and water. We communicate with the world differently.

    “Water has memory”, it will remember which is true. I dislike drinking tap water. I still remember the taste. How we treat the water is very important. Apparently, we need to wait 10-15 minutes before drinking. Placing water in a brass or metal container would make the silkier. I will try this out at home,

    I feel that American people carry water because we move a lot, especially in new York city. There’s people constantly moving and going to one place to another. They never seem to take a break, sleep, or eat. Luckily, they carry water because it has been implanted in our minds that it is important our bodies. People also carry coffee or tea with them. As in for India, yes it is hot there but not a lot people are active in my opinion. They are able to rest. It is a third-world country unlike America. The culture, people and history are divergent which makes our values and needs different as well.

    As a college student, there were times I could not afford water bottles. So I decided to boil water and waited until the water cool down before I consume the water. I remember, being so thirsty throughout the day and I went crazy because I did not drink any water. Water balances me, it energized my body throughout the day. I always carry a water bottle with me because I was informed by doctors that it is healthy. After reading this article and viewing the video, I am a bit skeptical.

  10. 5 elements of life.

    In the video, he mentions about cleansing the elements. It is determined in our system and how it behave in us. Our large focus is water. He mentioned how people are a product of this planet because mainly we are 60% of water. I believe we are part of the earth because we are made with earth such as ashes, and water. We communicate with the world differently.

    “Water has memory”, it will remember which is true. I dislike drinking tap water. I still remember the taste. Also, he talked about the treatment and effects :How we treat the water is very important. Apparently, we need to wait 10-15 minutes before drinking. Placing water in a brass or metal container would make the silkier. I will try this out at home,

    I feel that American people carry water because we move a lot, especially in new York city. There’s people constantly moving and going to one place to another. They never seem to take a break, sleep, or eat. Luckily, they carry water because it has been implanted in our minds that it is important our bodies. People also carry coffee or tea with them. As in for India, yes it is hot there but not a lot people are active in my opinion. They are able to rest. It is a third-world country unlike America. The culture, people and history are divergent which makes our values and needs different as well.

    As a college student, there were times I could not afford water bottles. So I decided to boil water and waited until the water cool down before I consume the water. I remember, being so thirsty throughout the day and I went crazy because I did not drink any water. Water balances me, it energized my body throughout the day. I always carry a water bottle with me because I was informed by doctors that it is healthy. After reading this article and viewing the video, I am a bit skeptical.

    • I think it’s a known fact that most places outside of America folks are more active, we are more sedentary than other cultures. We talked about this together in class and I’m sure you will be continuing to explore these ideas as you go forward.

  11. One of my roommates is Indian and one night after class she had offered me some tea. When I looked at the tea and smelt it it seemed average to me. But when I tasted it it was smooth and pleasant and truly satisfied me more than I had expected. I told my friend how much I had enjoyed it and she continued to share the tea with me at night whenever she would drink it. One night in the room my roommate was out but I was craving the tea. I made it and was expecting the same delish enjoyment but for some reason it wasn’t the same when I made it. When I asked her how she made it I realized the difference because she said she kept her water in a copper pitcher! I never knew how much the affect of how we drink water could play such an immense role.

  12. Aliena Ali

    I really appreciate this article for as much honest as it was able afford. While growing up, I watched my mother purchase dozens of packs of bottled water for our everyday drinking needs. To us, this was the norm and we weren’t thinking in terms of how wasteful this act was in terms of unnecessary utilizing plastic and spending money. It wasn’t until I had come to this realization when we finally purchased a filter and started using reusable water bottles. Now, I never purchase plastic water bottles because I am totally against everything that it stands for. I’ve spoken to past college roommates of mine that always complained about the taste of tap water (although filtered) and that it is unhealthy. This never made sense to me because I knew that New York especially has some of the cleanest water in the United States of America. The mass production of plastic water bottles is incredibly unnecessary and as the article mentions, is helping to kill our planet.

    Also, I am glad that the article spoke on the point of how much water our bodies may or may not need. There have been so many bits and pieces of information along with myths that have been passed down from generation to generation that basically tell us that we should be consuming copious amounts of water. At this point, we are not sure exactly what we should believe. I am glad however, that the article lists some of the negatives of consuming too much water because we don’t usually think about the consumption of water in a negative light.

    I was only able to performed the Isha Kriya twice because I was dealing with a lot of personal issues. It seemed like every time I sat down to do the meditation, I would instantly start thinking about what I was going through although I could do nothing about it. To my surprise however, I was able to do the Isha Kriya twice – which I consider an accomplishment. I’ve been watching a lot of mindfulness videos on Youtube lately that describe ways to clear ones mind. One of the ways was having a relaxing shower and for the duration of that shower, not allowing yourself to think about what has been stressing you out. In addition to doing this, I brought these sentiments over to the Isha Kriya. Although it was very tough for me to set aside my thoughts, I can honestly say I did my absolute best.

  13. Going back to the subject matter of water. Before I read this article, I started to mentally re-call all the upsides to drinking water, because I’m someone who is very addicted to drinking water, and I know this article is about to tell me something that’s gonna somehow decrease my addiction, and I was right– Haha. This reading brings light to role water plays in the human body.

    Though water may provide great benefits to the body, it is not good to ingest too much. I recall that we should drink up to 8 glass of water a day. Personally, I drink up 4 bottles of water a day, each bottle containing 1L of water. Majority of the times I feel dehydrated, where as sometimes I just feel the need to just drink.

    From this post I learn that too much intake of water is not good. It also makes me question what’s the negative effect in the long run of ingesting too much water. I also learn not drink water from the tap, and allow water to sit for 20-30 mins before drinking it, which is intriguing.

    Overall the subject on the amount of water we ingest in our body is important as it best helps us b ring a right energy flow, well being and balance along with other elements that makes up our body.

  14. Interesting read. I believe that water is very important, I grew up with a family that stressed the importance of water because we drank so much juice and milk. I was always very athletic and active so drinking water was ideal compared to other alternatives. I think thats what the majority of people think when they pick up a water bottle. In the video he talks about how one prepares water to get the full benefits like boiling it in copper, brass or metal container which I think Ill try and adapt. Although the video is insightful I my views on how important it is for your body and everyday lives, changed. Hydration is the key to preventing muscle fatigue, dizziness, and long term diseases that may occur when once doesnt drink enough water. When you dont hydrate yourself , your body can’t perform at its full potential. However the video did touch up on how buying plastic water bottles is damaging to the environment and ecosystem. i think just like everything else, there are pros and cons to buying a water bottle but it all depends on the person and how mindful they’re of there purchases.

  15. I really appreciate the perspective that the Ed Begley video gave me. I think that people do not treat water with the amazement or respect we should. Perhaps people forget about the wonders of natural water springs or how crucial water is to make this world we love so much. I think its become so ironic that people use plastic water bottles like Poland Spring which are in turn going back and creating massive damage to our natural world and water supply. Its almost like we humans are using water to destroy the natural world water has helped create.

    Its also important to think about the world of marketing and big business when thinking about water consumption and bottling. We forget that its big business like pepsi across that street selling us bottled water that was only introduced in the 50s when they realized people couldn’t drink their soda all the time. Now this industry has become so powerful in Washington that I don’t see any end in sight for their damaging actions. Overall this reading helped remind me that we need to respect and appreciate water and not abuse it or forget about its impact on the natural world.

    If I could get one message out there it would be to avoid these false water companies and treat the earth and its lifeblood with respect. Thanks again for sharing this.

  16. I don’t think I would have ever realized that the widespread notion that “8 glasses of water a day” is the ideal amount of water intake was a bit of a marketing ploy of sorts for bottled water companies had I not been informed of this article. It just always made sense that that amount of water was reasonable to stay properly hydrated, and I suppose it didn’t help that the vast majority of the population bought into this belief as well.

    On the contrary, realizing that excess water consumption can lead to health issues – such as affected kidney function – and other internal imbalances would most likely change the habits of water intake for much of the population. However, with marketing and bottled water’s firm integration in society’s consumption presumptions, bottled water will always have a place in the market.

    This makes me feel a little better about my own water intake, however. I do tend to react to my own body’s need for thirst as a motive to actually drink water. While I more often than not have a water bottle on or near me, I’m not inclined to match the 8 glasses per day recommendation that I’ve been trained to do. This being said, I was knowingly not meeting this amount most days.

    The concept of tap water needing time to settle is something I never realized either, though. But the idea of letting it settle so as to allow the molecules to reach a more “harmonious” level is understandable, considering the pressure with which the water comes out of the faucet shoots excess oxygen into the water which doesn’t benefit the quality of the water itself.

  17. I definitely believe in staying hydrated, and I don’t keep up with my own hydration as much as I should. I always did have an issue with the doctors that claim that one must drink 8 glasses of water a day, and no other fluid counts. I understand that there are beverages that are dehydrating, but as this post says, fresh fruit and veggies contribute to our overall hydration, not to mention some teas. Everyone is different and our bodies need different things. We are lucky enough to be in a region where the tap water is drinkable and safe, so I am always surprised with the number of people who are obsessive about the brand of bottled water they drink. Many studies show that it doesn’t even made much of a difference. At the end of the day, we need to listen to our own needs, and ignore the energy that makes us fear our water leading us to being more wasteful.

  18. I very recently, literally two days ago made a vow to myself that I would try and drink more water because I felt like I wasn’t getting enough so this is actually really funny and conflicting for me. I have always been very skeptical of things that doctors suggest in recent years so I’m not surprised that there is speculation about the value of drinking this much water. That being said, I also don’t totally buy all of this if I’m being honest.
    I find it hard to believe that letting water sit for 40 minutes changes it’s benefits to me and that thinking good thoughts at it does the same. Sorry, let me rephrase. It’s not that I don’t think it has benefits I just think that where I’m at in life where I’m not meditating everyday or that in tune with my body there is no way I’ll feel that difference. I have let water sit, no on purpose, but it has happened and I can’t say that I feel a change.
    It truly is fascinating though. The fact that there are people who can actually feel the difference between water that has had good thoughts sent at in and bad ones. That’s a level of spiritual height that seems unfathomable to me. It’s incredible the abilities that people achieve with devotion to these methods. I suppose at the moment there are simply other things I focus on that I don’t look at waiting for my water as a top priority. But like everything, I know it’s important to keep an open mind and I will certainly keep it in mind as I go through my days.

    -Phillip Laskaris

    • Your honesty about where you are in your consciousness and environment is appreciated and I hope that a seed has somewhere planted for you and you may revisit this and other notions shared this semester as you continue to evolve and grow in time, best wishes, OM

  19. Reading this article was a bit ironic to me because I remember saying to Professor at the end of class last week that I felt as if I didn’t have enough water and felt very thirsty during class. It was distracting and I felt like it was harder while doing the Hatha Yoga part of our practice to be smooth in my transitions from one move to another. However, the part about having too much water in this piece was truly surprising. I always carry around my Nalgene 16oz water bottle and have tried to make it practice to drink as many as 3 or 4 of these a day. I eat and lot of vegetables and fruits so perhaps having 2 a day would be substantial enough?

    I usually use filtered water unless I only have access to tap. I can’t remember the last time I used a plastic water bottle or even a plastic bag in that case! I think people should be charged extra from using both because it is so damaging to the earth. California charges extra for each plastic bag a person uses. Suffolk Country just recently passed a similar law that will be in affect in 2018. A woman I know who writes for Vice and National Geographic does sailing trips across the ocean with scientists to collect samples from giant masses of floating plastic. She just recently shared a picture on her social media account from a beach where the beach was covered in micro plastics. The photo also included what the dog she was with looked like after he went swimming in it, he was covered in plastic particles. Plastics are so harmful and it’s shocking to me that people still don’t understand the damages it can cause.

  20. I found this article interesting because a lot of the time I do believe people aren’t drinking enough water. I see more people with soda bottles in their hands/ with their meals than water. I usually bring a water bottle around with me because I like to stay hydrated and do believe when I don’t drink enough water, my skin worsens, I crave food, and get headaches. I think in America, the least of our worries is the amount of water we are drinking and more so the foods and drinks we are consuming that aren’t water. I agree about how plastic is destroying the environment, and that’s why I use a reusable water bottle and try and filter my water from my sink with a brita filter. There are many fads in America, and I agree drinking water is one of them. It’s one of the least harmful fads though so I’m not too worried about it. One should drink water if they are active, but if sedentary they shouldn’t guzzle too much because too much of anything, as we all have learned, isn’t healthy! I do believe that one should have an empty stomach when practicing yoga and I’ve learned that because one time I did yoga after drinking water and got cramps.

    – Lilah Tsudome

  21. It’s sad to hear that water, like so many other things has been forced upon us in spite of health detriments. This is very eye opening. I feel like I’ve been told my whole life I don’t drink enough water and I’m always trying to drink more. In fact, recently, I started carrying a water bottle around with me! Perhaps I should stop.
    However, I do have a few questions. Firstly what if you’re doing something very strenuous where your body is constantly trying to cool itself (like running). Shouldn’t you be replenishing while you run? Should drink a little extra before? After? Second, if I do drink to much water, won’t my body excrete it naturally? So to a point does it matter how much you drink? I’m going to some more research as I’m now confused how much water I should be drinking.

    • These are all very good questions that each individual needs to address, try to pay attention to your thirst needs and drink to quench not to follow a mandate that is generated by external media. Have you ever been dehydrated, do you know the signs…please do continue your research and I am sure you will find the correct regimen….Namaste

  22. Leah Ashton-Facin
    This article made me realize the true dangers of over hydration which is something that I have not considered before. Although I never brought a water bottle to class, I do carry one around. This article has challenged me to look further into what I am consuming and to be more aware of my behaviors concerning my health. The environmental and societal factors that come into play are also extremely significant. The way that the water bottle companies operate is heavily influencing the public in order to increase their own financial gain. This is not only unjust, but is an example of the focus on our society in terms of success. Success (which can be interpreted as money) is worth much more in a capitalistic society than to benefit the health of our fellow people. I plan to listen more to my body when hydrating and to avoid purchasing water bottles fully.

  23. It is actually astounding how much your posts on the practice of yoga correlate with potent social issues. Big corporations and their modernistic greed have long been at the source of wide-spread inaccurate information that have caused immense damage to some degree. For instance, dairy is incredibly bad for your digestion and overall health and in hindsight is quite disgusting, yet we are told that it is a food group and that it will build our bones and make us stronger. Although Vitamin C is vital to our structural strength, many other foods possess even higher measurements of the vitamin yet are not substituted as so. This is due to the symbiotic ties between these food industries and the FDA that have long corrupted our systems of information. Another example of this incorrect information spewed out of corporate greed exists in the oil industry today. Big oil companies like Exxon Mobile have long known of the immense environmental catastrophes that are the result of their industry methods of oil production. Despite these evident effects, many still believe that oil production does not endanger the environment and that climate change, which is actually scientifically proven and is due to our incessant pollution to the environment, is a hoax. This is because of companies like the latter outputting false scientific accounts discrediting climate change and feeding the delusion of a world without consequence. This is also true for bottled water companies, whom have no FDA restrictions when it comes to testing the water, as well as whom fundamental product is hazardous for the environment.
    Aside from the corruption of big corporations, specifically when it comes to the market of water-bottles, this article taught me that our perceived ever-ending capacity for water is merely propaganda and imaginary. In fact, drinking too much water can overload your kidneys and throw off your entire bodily flow. Foods like fruit actually provide copious amounts of hydration to the body meanwhile providing nutrients as well. Ultimately this article, along with most of the others, alludes to this overarching concept, simple and considerate living, so fundamental to the philosophy of yoga. Not using water bottles, as well as, reducing this overactive desire to hydrate our bodies, allows for a lack—a lack of extra purchase, a lack of unnecessary hydration, a lack of materials to be disregarded in a landfill. Less is more. It is considerate in its favor to the Earth, in the same way that it is a lack, and is also considerate to the body, giving the body less to process and waste energy on.

    • Wonderful you are able to connect the dots between the reading material and media shared this semester….I hope you share your perspective with your classmates and contemporaries to help build understanding and a process to save our planet…OM

  24. At an earlier point in my college career I was a geology major, and I still have a fascination and deep connection with our Mother Earth. I sometimes annoy my friends when I get too involved with discussions regarding environmental issues. But because of this, I have VERY strong feelings on bottled water.
    When I was commuting to school from home, I would fill a reusable container with ice and then water from a large fridge filter pitcher, especially on days when the weather was on the warmer side. This is something I also insisted on when moving into campus housing. When the water was gone but the ice remained I would add more water on top, usually from a drinking or soda fountain. I did notice a difference in taste when refilling outside of my home, but had always attributed this to a lack of the secondary filtration. Many times in the past I have tried drinking more water, and keeping my bottle at my side, to try and break a particularly bad soda habit. I also try to keep up my water intake while at my job, which requires running around quite a bit. I may still keep my reusable bottle with me, if only to keep from buying bottled water, but I will make a point of only drinking when the thirst comes.
    Besides the obvious harm that plastic itself causes, from its production using oil products to its non-biodegradable aspect, there is a hidden aspect of bottle water. In mass production situations, bottled water is taxing on the water system it comes from. When it is from ground water, especially in areas where locals rely on it as well, the production can be such a strain that ground water levels can drop or the ground water can disappear entirely. On those little islands that exotic bottled water is supposedly from, commercial operations can be such a strain that local ground becomes undrinkable salt water instead, some of those islands are sinking into the sea because of it. (You may now see why my friends think i get too into it.) Currently, I only use bottled water for certain situations, like in hotels or areas where tap water is not recommended.

  25. This article made me really question how much water I should be putting in my body on a daily basis and what type of container I should be drinking it from. I agree with the article that we should listen to our bodies and drink when our body needs water and not in excess. On my way back to Texas during winter break I sat next to a female scientist. She told me that all people should be drinking out of glass bottles instead of plastic water bottles. Her reasoning was that plastic bottles had lots of harmful chemical substances within that could contaminate the water. After hearing this I have made a conscious effort to not drink bottled water.

    Another observation I made in the article was the amount of water you drink before an activity. You are supposed to not consume water for two hours prior to your activity. I have noticed that when I am about to sing I have to be careful of how much water I drink. If I consume too much I can hear it in the sound of my voice and I physically can feel a change in my vocal chords. Your vocal chords are a muscle and over watering them can actually hinder your performance. This draws me to the conclusion that this is true for yoga. I am going to try to be conscious to not over drink before my yoga practices.

    Cara Collins

  26. I grew up being very careful of my water consumption, and on top of that, being very in tune with recycling to the best of my ability. My mother never instilled the “8 cups of water” idea that the Capitalistic America pushed to be common. Even the food portion system always seemed more like propaganda to consume more than actual factual evidence that we needed to eat that much. I’ve always been a fan of 5 small meals as opposed to bigger portions 3 times a day.
    Some days I’m not as hydrated as other days, and my average amount of water consumed is anywhere from 2-7 cups a day. I get headaches when I don’t drink enough water.
    I reuse glass bottles after washing them out and boil my water before drinking anything. I have always been a firm believer in reusing as much as possible.
    Water bottles are unfortunately convenient in America, and are practically everywhere. At this school, they include a water bottle in each meal, and have little to no signs up in the majority of food places telling the dangers of not recycling, so I see a lot of people throw the empty bottles out. I personally will hold a bottle until I see a recycling bin and then and ONLY then will I dispose of it.
    While I would love to say I think we can get rid of water bottles, the sad point is that America is a consumption machine with no conscious. We all think “we don’t need to focus on this planet, someone else will fix it!” and continue to consume and ignore the problem because it isn’t immediate.
    I hope some day we can get past that and become more like Germany (they have an intense recycling program and trash program).

  27. This reading/video was really great and informative. My water consumption was always something that I was conscious of. Personally, I always felt like I was drinking enough water, but watching others around me carrying around bottles of water everywhere made me a bit more self-conscious and led me to feel like I was doing something wrong when in actuality I always felt well hydrated. It was interesting to read about how a lot of this is a pretty capitalistic in influence. I look forward to staying healthy and keeping my body hydrated in a normal and self-regulated without an influence from others. This information really put my mind at ease.

    -Sebastian

  28. While this is a very interesting argument, I wonder how true each of the opinions are about water consumption. I say the word opinion because when I looked up how much water should be consumed per day it said that there were carrying opinions but that the health authorities typically recommend 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day. This notion of opinions on water consumption seems kind of strange; that we have yet to figure out how much water we actually need a day. Of course, the rest of it will be released when we use the bathroom but is that a bad thing? It’s very hard to consume too much water and drinking too little water can cause digestive problems and harden stools, which make for constipation and stomach pains.

    I think it would be less of an issue to drink more water than not enough as your body is quite good at regulating itself. I also think about heat exhaustion and dehydration as things that can happen in a place like India that could have an detrimental impact on a person’s health. I understand the ideas of fruit and vegetable water content however I mostly just believe it isn’t such a bad thing too have more water in your life. My mother always says if your body is telling you it’s thirsty you are already dehydrated. Water flushes out toxins and clears out the system so I think it’s better to have more than too little.

    Raechel Teitelbaum

  29. I had a hard time with this article. I know that there has been some very credible scientific research published recently in the journal Nature to the effect that the usual eight glasses a day advice is not as universally applicable as many health gurus have led to believe, and I totally agree that people should avoid buying and using disposable plastic water bottles, but a lot of this struck me as supremely undersupported given that it was being presented as medical science.

    A good example of what I mean is that they reference the work of Masaru Emoto as “modern science” several times. This is nonsensical; his claims were never substantiated by any sort of replicable, reliable experimental process. His findings, such as they were, were published in a journal notably created for things like ufology (the study of UFOs) and cryptozoology, otherwise known as the study of creatures like Bigfoot. This is not a credible scientific forum. Several notable scientific minds from the fields of chemistry and biochemistry have debunked Emoto’s claims as “very unlikely” and having “nothing to do with science”.

    Now, I’m not saying that the single use of such a person’s work debunks what’s being addressed in the Isha USA article, but it does damage the credibility of some of their claims in my eyes. I’m not disagreeing with their core message–we don’t need to ultrahydrate and should be careful about how our water is handled–but a lot of the philosophical surrounds are troubling to me. If they want to believe in those sorts of findings, that’s fine, and if there’s real, credible scientific literature on the subject, I enthusiastically wish that they’d cite and promote it, but to falsely label and promote something like Emoto’s The Hidden Messages in Water as “modern science” is downright troubling.

    I thought a lot about the best way to respond to this article, but in the end decided that honestly addressing my concerns would be the most productive path.

    – Harper Stevenson.

  30. Water bottles have always bothered me and I try my best to use as few as possible. I carry a reusable water bottle with me most of the time now, however, last year when I had a meal plan at Purchase, it would complete a meal if one also bought a water bottle. This a completely wasteful meal deal and something I believe Purchase should reform, especially being a relatively “green” school. I also appreciated how this article called out the water bottle corporations, like Aquafina, on their wasteful product and untrue sales tactics. I completely agree that many corporations often capitalize on the fears and concerns of people, one of those constant concerns being health and weight loss. I have seen so many fad diets become trendy when in reality it diminishes true health. I will say that although this article has many great arguments, I slightly disagree with the strict tone of drinking water before/during yoga. I feel that yoga practice should be an environment where people feel free and comfortable in their body, and stating that going to the bathroom is not allowed can put unwanted tension on the class. Although it is the best case scenario to have a completely clear digestive system before the practice, it is sometimes just not practical in a college lifestyle. For example, I have class from 8:30A.M. to 5:50P.M. before yoga class, so it can be difficult to eat 2 full hours ahead of time. Overall, I completely love that this article put rumors to rest and shed light of the truth of staying hydrated. I only felt that it limited personal comfort and ease with its strict philosophy on bathroom/water bottle rules during yoga practice.

    • Kelsi, I deliberately waited to this mid-point in the course to introduce these concepts because with most being new to classical hatha yoga I knew it would be tough. However, now I think the majority of students are ready to gear up for optimal practice in putting the mind to explain to the body why it needs to operate along these lines, but of course it remains a choice for all. Some folks have a tender constitution and could not adhere to these notions and everyone is free to leave the floor and attend to any calls of nature without any redress from their teacher. Perhaps you could make some fruit and salad cups to keep with you during the day and a health bar to have proper nutrition, best wishes, OM

  31. This was a really interesting read! It’s super interesting but also not that surprising that American’s drink a lot more water than needed, but also have the highest rate of buying of bottled water. Every class I am in I see the majority of people bringing their own re-usable bottles or bought water bottles to class. I always thought it was a good thing to have your own water bottle, smarter than having to use the water fountain. But after reading this, it makes so much sense that the sales industry as well as advertising and marketing would make people in America believe we must ingest at least 8 glasses of water per day, thus rising sales in cute but expensive re-usable water bottles and bottled water in general. This is just another example of how the sales industry brain washes American people just to make more money.

  32. I agree on numerous levels. Not only do I not buy into the idea of artisanal water, i despise the plastic waste that’s created by the glut of water bottles. It’s amazing that Americans, and people in general produce this much waste via bottles alone. It really goes to show that pollution is truly cumulative. If as many consumers recycled those very bottles there would be far less waste. It amazes me that people who drink water (often for health) don’t recycle them. Irony abounds. I try not to buy plastic bottles and when I do reuse them.

    In relation to yoga i think it makes sense to connect what one consumes for health, enjoyment and need affects not only our body but our communities and our world. Yoga is about directing energy within so that we can direct it without. Most importantly to me anyhow, is the idea of mindfulness, of being aware of one’s actions and the potential consequences of those actions. If people were more aware and mindful – and reasonable – they’d probably reconsider buying those bottles.

  33. Something that came to mind was the fact that our bodies are designed to reach equilibrium. For example, if we eat proper amounts of vegetables and fruit, they will provide enough water for our systems, however, if we do not eat foods with high levels of water we will naturally seek it. The same can be said about addiction. Once something is introduced to the body, your chemistry and needs will shift according to this new substance. Our bodies create physical changes and accommodate based on what we put in them. In this way we are highly intelligent, however it is up to us to maintain a healthy equilibrium that acknowledges all parts of the body, without neglecting others. It is necessary to cleanse the elements, as Sadhguru describes.

    Giancarlo

  34. I remember that growing up my mom would force me to drink water because I never liked it. I would prefer to drink natural juices or drink tea. Now as an adult I find myself drinking water more often in order to stay healthy and hydrated throughout my long days. I never really followed the rule that humans should drink about 8 cups of water a day because I quite frankly feel uncomfortable if I drink that much water throughout the day. I drink water when I am thirsty, or when I’m eating, or after a workout. I’m not one to constantly drink water because it makes me sick. I don’t think it’s healthy to drink a whole bunch of water at once. In the video, Sadhguru advises that “sipping water throughout the day can cause imbalances in the system because of excess absorption.” Sadhguru believes that it is more effective if you drink water only when you are feeling thirsty.

    I believe that the usage of water bottles is trendy in more ways than it should be. I always see people walking around with their Fiji or their Voss water bottles. I always think to myself if those people genuinely like the way those more expensive water brands taste, or if they’re buying those bottles for the appeal.

    This week I was only able to practice the Isha Kyria three times. This week was incredibly busy for me, and I could not find the time to practice. I started a new job, and the long hours has me feeling a little bit unorganized, but I’ll go back into the swing of things soon.

  35. This reading was truly mind blowing for me. As a college student, as well as just a growing human being, it is natural – essential even – to try to gain as much knowledge that I possibly can to be better equipped for my life after Purchase. Another aspect of this growing and learning process, is a healthy level of skepticism. It is important to question everything we are told to a certain extent, lest we become naive and gullible, believing everything we are told without second thought. I pride myself in my ability to look at most things through this lens of skepticism, but not once did I even consider the possibility that our “need for constant hydration” is a farce dreamed up for the sole purpose of putting money in the pockets of people who see their fellow man as no more than a piggy bank. While I have questioned the ludicrous concept of paying money for a fairly available substance necessary to survive, but not once did I suspect that water’s necessity was over exaggerated as a pseudo-marketing ploy. This article taught me about how over consuming water can actually be dangerous, overloading your kidneys and actually disrupt your bodily flow. There are more beneficial ways of hydration such as fruits, which not only hydrate the body, but provide us with essential nutrients as well. If we were to, as a people, completely stop our consumption of bottled water, we would not only benefit ourselves by stopping over-hydration (as well as whatever horrible chemicals enter our bodies through consuming it from plastic) but also benefit our beautiful planet, by eliminating unnecessary waste that does nothing but harm it, as well as disrupt the eco systems within it. Overall, this reading was not only entertaining to read, but eye opening and thought provoking.

  36. I definitely notice how much better I feel when I drink what I consider a proper amount of water each day. If I don’t drink enough, I feel tired the entire day, and generally feel more sluggish. This article doesn’t set any amount as the daily recommended amount of water, so I don’t have any comparison I can make with how much I drink.

    I don’t personally carry a water bottle around with me every day, I agree with the article on the fact that some people drink too much water out of fear of being dehydrated. I only drink water whenever I eat, or when I feel like I need to drink water. I don’t really believe that everybody needs to drink the recommended 2 liters a day. I believe it’s just up to your anatomy, and how much water your metabolism requires each day. The thing I find most ridiculous is the people who walk around with full gallon jugs of water, and it’s their goal to finish it each day. There’s no way it can be good for somebody to drink that much water in a day, unless they intend to be exercising or sweating for half of the hours they’re awake.

    -Matthew Harris

  37. The information on this article was not what I was expecting to read and was very surprising to me. I think we can all agree that in this day and time we have heard that we need to drink a certain amount of water to stay healthy. I have heard you should consume 64 ounces or even half your body weight. I complain to myself everyday how I feel that I do not drink enough water through out the day yet I question why I don’t even feel thirsty all the time. Does this mean that my body is healthy since I don’t feel thirsty or should I force myself to drink more than what I’m used to? This article brought up a really interesting point about commercializing water. How ironic that when commercials of water bottle brands started hitting the media is when it was recommended to start intaking more water than usual. Is this idea of consuming 8 glasses of water just for money? Never would I have thought this until reading this information. It’s crazy to me how even drinking water, the healthiest source for your body in my opinion, has its own misconceptions. It is concluded that too much of anything is not good!
    -Melanie Ramos

    • Glad you have begun to ask yourself these questions, keep gathering information and most importantly try them on for size in your own body and experience for the absolute truth, your truth, OM

  38. I found this topic pretty interesting, something I hadn’t really considered. When I think about how essential water is to the functionality of the human body I find it quite difficult to look at the consumption of water as wasteful. To me the idea of frivolous consumption is something that normally applies only to unnecessary luxuries rather than essential sustenance/nourishment for all living things. But when I really ponder this idea I can see how excessive consumption of water really can be just consumption for consumption’s sake. After all, what reason do we have to take more than we need? Considering the many detrimental effects that bottled water and excessive drinking have on the environment (the waste it produces in particular) it seems almost selfish to constantly drink bottled water. I think this kind of unnecessary consumption has simply come to be completely expected and common place in America, and it’s a serious issue in all facets of our lives.

  39. I think it is definitely important to consider the way our consumption affects our environment, as well as it is interesting to consider the way our culture dictates how important consumption should be. I never really thought about bottled water and thirst as an inherently cultural thing, and now that I do it makes sense to me that other cultures relationships to thirst may be different depending on many different factors, one being the way conditioning may be different in that culture. As someone who drinks a lot of coffee, I find myself being dehydrated most of the time, especially when I don’t carry around a water bottle. A year ago, I bought a reusable water bottle and it really helped with my dehydration. I found I felt more alive when I was properly hydrated but now I wonder how much of that feeling of thirst is biological and how much of it is conditioned? I’m sure there is a good amount of both, considering I drink a lot of coffee and have lived in the usa all my life, but nevertheless it is interesting to think about.

  40. People wouldn’t thought too much about the problem of drinking water, since it has became the habit of our modern society. Our culture makes people think drinking water is normal, and it’s important to bring a bottle with you filling up with water. Personally, I do accept the fact that how important is it to consume water during the day. People are drinking too much garbage drinks that contain exceeded amount of sugar. Thus, many people might consume less than a glass of water per day, since they use sugar drinks in substitution for water.
    “It is not about the amount of water we drink, but the qualities of the water.” I have read the research from Masaru Emoto long ago about water. It is really amazing that the energy of water could reflect on the water crystal. The crystal of the water will appear differently as you insert different energies tto the water, such as anger, happiness, peacefulness, sadness, and etc. Therefore, every religions provide water for people to use or consume. It contains the positive energy that could make the water crystal appear beautifully. Without a doubt, people would all want to consume the water that contain positive energy.

  41. I always try to increase the amount of water I drink, as I have always believed the claims about its health benefits, so this article posed a different perspective than I had before. I typically use a reusable bottle to minimize the amount of waste I produce, but I definitely try to drink as much water as possible, and usually feel like I haven’t drank enough. I absolutely agree about the disruption that leaving to use the bathroom causes, as it would take me several minutes to get back into the state I was in while practicing, and the continuity of the progression class takes is important to me. Thinking about all the times I have heard claims about drinking more water, I cannot think of a time when a doctor specifically instructed me to drink a certain amount of water every day. They’ve told me to stay hydrated, and maybe to drink extra fluids when I was sick, but never proscribed any specific amount of water that was best. I think letting your thirst guide you in terms of how much water you drink is an effective means for staying properly hydrated, so I agree with that point. I had no idea that drinking too much water makes it more difficult for your kidneys to filter blood, and thought one of the most important reasons for drinking water was to help with this process. I enjoyed learning about these facts because I am always interested in hearing multiple perspectives when examining issues like this. I’ve heard the bottled water industry’s point of view countless times, so seeing how other interested parties feel, and why they feel this way, helps give me a more well-rounded understanding of this topic.

  42. I never considered that drinking water could be a bad thing, but a motto I have always lived by is everything in moderation- so I suppose too much of anything, even if its great for you like water- can be a bad thing. I have experienced some discomfort in my yoga practice from drinking too much water before hand, and in the future I plan on limiting my food and water consumption at least two hours before a class. Another thought about this article is the information in the video about what happens to the energy of water as it moves through the pipes then into our bodies. One thing about water, is that it has been on this Earth forever. The ancient healing and wise energies within water have seen the beginning of time.

    • I hope in the future you may be able to organize you time so that you can do your assignments when scheduled so that you could have learned this very important precaution earlier in the semester and prevented any uncomfortability. It was shared verbally in the first class, written in the syllabus, however, late I hope this will be something you remember for future yoga practices. Namaste

  43. Staying hydrated can do tremendous things for a persons mental health, and I think everyone knows that by this point. What I find interesting and a bit different from many other sources is the idea of drinking ONLY when you’re thirsty and not drinking on and off throughout the day. I can feel when I’m dehydrated more than I can feel I AM hydrated, and I think that has something to do with what Sadhguru is saying in this video. We should be able to FEEL thirsty, and FEEL that slight bit of dehydration only to then replenish and continue this cycle of body awareness. Add the conscious thought of “I’m thirsty” and now, with something as overlooked as drinking water, can serve as a small test in mind/body control.

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