To survive our bodies depend on water. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water helps our bodies maintain their temperature, lubricate our joints, and remove waste (toxins).
Today we also look at the importance of our water source and how to avoid toxins in our water, plus other ways to use water for removing toxins from our bodies.
Here is the list of the top 5 toxins that we will be discussing in our podcasts about the “Top 5 Toxins”:
- Beauty and personal care products
- Stress and negative thinking
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The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins
The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:
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[00:00:00] Patryce: Good morning, Shonda.
[00:00:01] Shonda: Good morning, Patryce.
[00:00:02] Welcome back. I understand you guys had a wonderful camping trip.
[00:00:07] Yeah. Yeah. It was fun. I was a little tired cause I didn't bring my juice, but you know, um, I learned, so we still have to talk about juicing, but we'll get to it soon.
[00:00:19] Patryce: Today we're going to continue from what we provide a snippet about. Right. Um, we've been talking about toxins and first part we talked about food and water and its importance about detoxing because as you always remind us, fiber is excellent and it is a great way to help our bodies to naturally detox.
[00:00:44] Right. And then also water is another excellent way to help our bodies to detox naturally. Anyone can go look at the snippet about the details, about how, if we're avoiding water and not getting enough hydration and fiber, um, we're building up toxins in our body.
[00:01:06] Shonda: Yeah. And so, yeah, how important water is, if we're getting the right amount of fiber, we need water for the hydration to help the toxins be removed.
[00:01:16] And, um, so that's where we're going to start. And you found a definition. I thought that was a really good definition about the importance of water.
[00:01:26] Patryce: Oh, the definition for hydration, right? Yeah. Oh, in which basically the process of causing our bodies to absorb water and replace water in the body.
[00:01:37] Our bodies require adequate hydration to function properly. When our bodies become dehydrated it means that we are lacking the water levels necessary for optimum function. Yeah. Wow.
[00:01:52] Shonda: Yeah. So it's well known that water is important for optimal functioning. Right. Um, and, and it went further to talk about every cell tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly, you know, and it talks about things like maintaining.
[00:02:09] It's temperature, lubricating your joints, but the big highlight is removing toxins. Sure. Yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about using water to remove toxins. What are some ways that, um, you know, I mean, it just the process of drinking water. So, um, some may not enjoy drinking water because they're used to drinking other drinks, you know, liquids. But you put some tips there.
[00:02:40] Want to tell us about those tips?
[00:02:42] Patryce: Yeah, we can get creative by adding lemon is a calling way to, um, enhance our water... tastes of the water. And then also we can infuse it with different flavors, natural flavors. You can put your mint in there. You could even. Uh, lime, if that's what you want or raspberries even.
[00:03:07] And there are actual inexpensive infusers to do that. And I've seen videos where people make a whole pitcher of water infused with different berries or different flavors, and they put in the refrigerator to make it a little chilly, whatever is best for them. Uh, we, we drank our it's more room temperature, but the main thing is just drinking more water.
[00:03:30] Shonda: Yeah, that's a really good start. Uh, is drinking more water. And then, yeah, I heard that and I do drink room temperature too. That that's best for digestion. And something else that comes to mind is it's best to drink water before you eat at least 15 minutes before, or wait 15 to 30 minutes after, you know, so it doesn't interfere with you know, watering down your stomach acids for best digestion.
[00:03:59] Patryce: I've heard that. I've heard that too. I, I am very much about not drinking 20 minutes after I eat for that. Very reason.
[00:04:08] Shonda: I know, I get a really strange look when I go to restaurants and they're like, so what will you have to drink? I'm like nothing. For one, I don't know what kind of water they're serving me.
[00:04:19] So I have my water in the car, you know, and I'm not drinking with my food, so I don't need water when I go out to eat at a restaurant.
[00:04:28] Patryce: Wow. That's a great tip Shonda. That we can bring our own water bottles, um, when we go out to eat, because we don't know, some restaurants are becoming more, uh, conscious of our water.
[00:04:41] And I I've been to a couple where they have some wonderful filtered water and that's another thing we can talk about, is that what is the quality of the water we're drinking like and how we can be intentional about different options? Like having the water filter, maybe at our home, or we, we buy filtered water and, or spring water, or even have it delivered to our house.
[00:05:08] But I think you've mentioned before everyone should lookwhat their local water supply looks like. We have tap water, but do you know, what's in your tap water?
[00:05:21] Shonda: Yeah, I'll definitely put a link there, uh, you can call your local water provider, but also you can get a report through EWG's website.
[00:05:32] They have a water report, just put in your zip code, I believe, and out pops everything, and it's all laid out nicely too. You know, you can read it easily. So, um I did that. And I found out we had a lot of arsenic in our water. That was the main one. I was like, okay. But anyway, we had like 27 contaminants that were like outside of the EWG guidelines.
[00:05:57] So that's good to know. Um, I do not drink water from home. I only drink spring water. That's my water of choice. And I have an article that I wrote out on the website about water choices, why I choose spring water. So, um, I'll put a link to that.
[00:06:19] Patryce: Good, good information. And another thing is we're talking about how to drink water and maybe flavoring it if that makes it more attractive to you, but also we can drink teas.
[00:06:31] That's another good way of being it. Staying hydrated. So lots of teas, I would say herbal tea before the caffeinated tea, because caffeination having caffeine too much of it can, um, facilitate becoming dehydrated.
[00:06:48] Shonda: All right. One more thing that I like to add with carrying your water around. I did go to the extra effort of buying glass water bottles. I think I have a sample right behind me, actually. They're glass, water bottle. That I carry. And it has a sleeve for cushioning, you know, to protect against, you know, possibly breaking it.
[00:07:10] If you drop it. And, uh, this, I don't mind leaving in my car. So you do not want to leave your water in plastic in a hot car because that is a way that toxins from that plastic can leach into your water. So I buy these, um, glass water bottles. And, uh, I leave this in my car. Because I don't mind drinking warm water, you know, it's, it's kinda nice coming out of a cold place and drinking warm water for me. Um, but that's just something to think about.
[00:07:48] You know, I know, um, a lot of the plastics now are BPA free, but there's still lots of other toxins in plastics. So we just kinda want to not add to the toxic levels in our water by leaving plastic in our
[00:08:03] Patryce: car. That's a great heads up. And not only being overheated plastic becomes not good for you, but also it had been popular for people to freeze their water bottles the night before and then take them out and use it throughout the day. But the same situation can happen there where unbeknownst, there are toxins, additional toxins as a result of the plastic in the freezing process. So good. Heads-up.
[00:08:29] Shonda: Yeah, that's very true.
[00:08:31] Okay. And let's not forget about cooking. What water are we using to cook with? Right. Because especially like for making something like a soup, we don't want to ingest a lot of toxins in our vegetable soups, and you know, in our nutritious soup. So that's just another thought that something that, you know, we should consider.
[00:08:54] Patryce: That is a big deal because at one point, just even boiling noodles and then rinsing them after you boiled them, I could taste or smell that tap water smell. Versus when I don't use my tap water. And it may seem like a waste to some people, but again, it goes back to what you were just sharing with us about any toxins being heated up.
[00:09:18] Essentially that can make it even worse for us. So here we are boiling toxic water and then boiling our food at it. So, anyway, I love that you brought that up. It's important to just keep in mind that, uh, where possible, uh, be intentional about the water we're cooking with as well.
[00:09:41] Shonda: So If I am making a soup, I will use spring water to make soup.
[00:09:45] If I'm cooking something smaller I do have a filter on my tap water. It filters out quite a bit. And so I do use that for some cooking a little bit, but yeah, if I'm making a big pot of like just soup, I just go ahead and make sure I have some spring water available.
[00:10:06] Patryce: Super cool.
[00:10:07] Shonda: Okay. Um, so I guess you can lead us into bathing.
[00:10:14] Patryce: Oh, yes, the bathing, um, which hopefully we're doing on a regular basis. But just to keep in mind that whether it's a shower or a bath in the tub, it's get getting a lot of water into our bodies. So especially with the showers you can now get showerheads that filter your water that is going on your body. So that's something to keep in mind and then regarding bathing, um, I found some links even to different recipes for detoxing, your bath water, and one of them is using charcoal. And I think you've used charcoal internally, but you can actually make a concoction with your charcoal, is it Bentonite, what is it called?
[00:11:06] Shonda: Uh, there's Terramin clay and then there's charcoal and they're totally different in the way they...
[00:11:11] Patryce: Oh, I'm sorry. Backup Patryce. I was, I meant to say clay, you can make a clay mixture that you put into your water, uh, when you're bathing to help detox that. And then there's other, um, ways that you can, uh, do salt, detox, baths.
[00:11:31] There are couple of different recipes, homemade recipes for detoxing your bath water, which I thought was super interesting. Especially if you have younger kids, because that's mainly what we do when our kids are little. They're in the bathtub, soaking it up. And so that's just to be mindful of maybe looking at some of these homemade recipes for, for detoxing the water or helping your child to get detox, but also to also be mindful.
[00:11:57] And I know this is going ahead, but just not to put a lot added stuff. I know there's some name brands of like, let's pour this in for bubbles and I'm not trying to take the fun out of bathing, but at the same time, you went to be healthy as well as, as a fun experience, if that makes.
[00:12:16] Shonda: Yeah, we get just buy castile soap as a liquid and put it in there and there would be bubbles, you know, so something that we can consider.
[00:12:26] So I wanted to distinguish a difference between detoxing the water and taking a detoxing bath. So yeah, they're, they're two different things really. Right? So the whole house filter or filter on the shower head. And you know, like you said, there's also the option once you get that bath water filtered, you can take a detox bath that will help your body detox from things by adding the Epson salts and um, the clay detox. So there's two different things there, but you want to start with clean water source.
[00:13:03] Patryce: So true. I'm glad you spelled that out for us.
[00:13:06] There is a difference on filtering the water itself and then actually making an intentional bath that helps to detox you. So good point. Yeah.
[00:13:17] Well, Shonda, I, this is a lot of great information, and I learned a lot myself as I was researching about, um, just having clean water.
[00:13:26] And that's what we really want to make the point is just to do your due diligence, do research about what is the water source that you're already depending on. And if it's not ideal, what steps can you take? And it can be step-by-step. To make sure you get more quality water for drinking, for bathing and all the different things we've talked about. Including the very good tips you brought up about the water that we're drinking from maybe plastic bottles, making a new habit of getting some glass recylable bottles. And then drinking the water from there. And I do like how you brought up about the water filters on our showers, uh, because you can Google and find different priced ones. And so hopefully you can find one for your, your budget.
[00:14:14] Shonda: So yeah, that, that is really all good information. And I just want to impress upon our listeners, that water is so important, you know, that we are taking in enough. And it's so important about the quality of water. So soon we'll be talking about the environment and then we may touch on water again a little bit.
[00:14:35] And food again. So that's coming up. So stay tuned for that. Um, I want to put a plug in, I'm going to try and remember in each one that, uh, EWG now has some sort of label on Amazon now for their approved products.
[00:14:53] Wow. Yeah. I don't remember the name, but I'll find it and I'll link it below.
[00:14:59] Patryce: Wow. That sounds like super good information. And now that you mentioned that one other thing I forgot about, so I mentioned the other day that they're using a water app. So there are apps you can download to your phone because you know you're not drinking enough water and these apps will throughout the day, remind you to drink your water.
[00:15:20] It sounds kind of silly, but I know at least one person it's been life changing.
[00:15:25] Shonda: Yeah, it is drinking enough water will change your life. So I guess that's all we have for y'all today and thanks for joining us.
[00:15:35] Yeah. So next week we'll be talking about the environment and toxins in our environment and how to avoid them and all the different things. And remember, it's just step-by-step but this information would be here for you to come back to as you need it, as you implement these different things. So take your time and, um, be healthy.
[00:15:54] Stay well.
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