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Monday, July 9, 2012

Moving beyond 8 glasses of water a day

Dr. Ben Kim's Natural Health Newsletter
11 June 2012
Dear Reader
Most of my clients are aware that eating too much protein can potentially cause premature kidney dysfunction. But not too many first-time clients know that mindlessly
drinking 8 or more glasses of water a day can also cause kidney disease over the long term.
Already this month, I've identified excessive water guzzling as a primary cause of health challenges in two people that I've done comprehensive consultations for, which prompted me to update my post on this topic here:
Here's what everyone should know:  all plant foods are abundant in water.  When we enjoy fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, we nourish our blood and cells with water. 
Watermelon, broccoli and cabbage are all about 92% water.
Blueberries, cherries, apples, and pears are around 80  to 85 percent water. 
Potatoes and peas are around 70 to 80 percent water.
Even creamy and dense bananas are about 75% water.
So rather than struggle to take in X number of glasses of water daily, it's more important to focus on eating water-rich foods, and then to supplement with healthy liquids like water, vegetable juices, almond milk and smoothies as circumstances dictate. 
Contrary to popular belief, for most people, it's a good idea to use thirst as an indicator for more water intake.
For more on this topic, feel free to read through the following news story at
And once again, my updated post on this topic is available here:

Our bodies are well designed to guide us in our daily choices; using thirst as a signal for water intake through foods or fluids is a feedback mechanism best to embrace.

May the week ahead be filled with water-rich foods and healthy liquids as you need them.  :)

Ben Kim
Box 23017, Barrie, ON L4N 7W8, CANADA

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