18. Choosing what to drink
Food is, of course important. But when you consider that in an average adult, about 2/3 (70%) of the body is water, suddenly the importance of water goes up many notches.
Our bodies are physical, chemical and energetic entities. The internal dynamics of our bodies are largely controlled by our internal biochemistries, which means how different chemicals act and react in the body. These interactions always happen in a watery medium.
For example, water is an essential component of blood, lymph, bodily excretions as well as every part of every cell in the body. In fact, 90% of our cells are water.
Water is essential for a whole range of metabolic processes as well as the energetics of the cells. It stimulates the immune system and helps to maintain alkalinity in our blood, lymph, and the intracellular/extracellular fluids by diluting the excess acid and removing waste and toxins from our bodies.
All healing can only take place with the healing of the cell
Consider the following:
- Various bodily processes require a medium for them to occur, and that happens to be WATER. Without adequate water, all bodily functions are diminished, including cellular respiration and oxygenation, removal of toxins and metabolic wastes.
- The optimal pH for our internal body biochemistries to work right is slightly alkaline, between 7.3 - 7.4. Changes in the pH of our bodies can have profound effects, and that pH is governed not only by the foods we eat but also the water we drink.
- In our bodies, water exists both inside and outside our cells and both are extremely important. In order for water to get into the cells, it must pass through the cell membrane. This passage is facilitated by drinking alkaline water.
- Many diseases, including cancer, thrive in acidic pH conditions. Not only does it promote the growth of cancerous conditions, but it also decreases the effectiveness of normal body metabolism. Increasing acidity over a stretch of time is one of the big factors that lie behind the formation of the cancer-favoring terrain. Acidity is caused by toxic overload.
It is therefore vitally important that we are able to provide the body with the water it needs both in terms of quantity and quality.
1. Aim to take in about 8-10 glasses a day
Keeping well hydrated helps the body to heal and minimizes the radiotherapy and chemotherapy damages
2. Include the following in your drink options:
a. Start your day with warm lemon water.
- - It helps to stimulate the GI tract
- Lemon (or other citrus fruits) are high in vitamin C and ascorbic acid. This helps in iron absorption and supports immune function. It is highly alkalizing and helps in pH balance of the body. It also plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin and the antioxidants combat the free radicals in the body.
- - It is a natural diuretic, which means it helps your body flush liquids and toxins out of your system. The citric acid can also help maximize enzymes which stimulate the liver.
- - Lemon water helps to hydrate and oxygenate the blood, leaving you feeling great!
You can substitute the above with calamansi (limau kasturi) or lime (limau purut).
b. Clean water — Due to the presence of contaminants that have been found in drinking water including heavy metals, pharmaceutical byproducts and other contaminants such as cyanide, pesticides and industrial chemicals, supplying good quality water to meet your body need is extremely important. If you can afford it, invest in a good water filter. It would also be good to install an alkaline water dispenser to ensure that the water intake is in the alkaline range. Otherwise, you can make your own alkaline water by squeezing lemon or 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda in 1 glass of your filtered water.
c. Green teas - Tea contains antioxidants called catechins, which may help prevent cancer in a variety of ways, including keeping free radicals from damaging cells and the ability to shrink tumors and reduce tumor cell growth. Both green and black teas contain catechins, but you’ll get more antioxidants from green tea.
d. Herbal or spiced teas – infusion of lemon grass, ginger, mints, spiced etc. with no added sugar.
Teas should always be taken in moderation. It is recommended that you consume not more than 3 cups a day.
e. Bicarbonate soda (B.S. )water — Bicarbonate is an alkaline substance naturally produced in the body that buffers acids and helps keep pH in check. It is also a powerful buffer against radiation exposure. We recommend B.S drink as part of our overall nutritional and immune support protocol for patients who are dealing with cancer. From the research carried out by University of Arizona on the benefits of B.S, demonstrated that pre-treatment of mice with baking soda results in the alkalinization of the area around tumors. Bicarbonate also increases tumor pH and inhibits spontaneous metastases in mice with breast cancer1.
3. Avoid/ limit the following drinks:
- Avoid sugary drinks like soda, sports beverages, and energy drinks,
- Limit coffee to not more than 1 cup a day—(sugar free)
- Drink alcohol in moderation and not more that 1 glass per occasion—drink preferably red wine.
- Avoid or limit Milk — refer to the section on milk
Source 1. Bicarbonate Increases Tumor pH and Inhibits Spontaneous Metastases; American Journal of Cancer Research; Cancer Res 2009;69(6):2260–8]