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How long can you survive without drinking?

I hope you never have to ask yourself this question. My point is this though: The more frequent you need to engage in an activity, the more important it is. You can hold your breath for some minutes before you pass out. Consequently, breathing is key to keeping our body alive.

Unlike breathing, drinking is a conscious act

You don’t need to think about breathing. You just do it. Drinking is different though. You’ve to deliberately take care of regular fluid intake. If you don’t, you’ll feel thirsty, dizzy and get a headache. I don’t want to go into details around what will happen thereafter. Dying out of thirst must be terrible. Usually, death sets in after only a few of days.

So, how do you not only avoid dehydration but fuel your body most effectively? First off, bear in mind that your body consists approximately 70% water. During activities, such as sports, sauna visits and hot climate – even sleep – you loose precious fluid, which you want to refill. Best case have always enough in store and thus avoid uncomfortable side-effects. The rule of thumb is keep your urine white. Yellow urine tells you that you need to drink more. Your detoxification organs (such as your liver and kidneys) as well as digestive tracks (especially your stomach) requires fluid to work properly. Eating is important, yet drinking is paramount. You can survive many weeks without eating (people even heal chronic conditions by fasting), but you’ll die after some days of no water intake.

What you need to drink in which amount

As for all things in life, quality and quantity are important. You want to cultivate healthy routines, and responsibly make exceptions for social reasons or quality of life. In terms of quality, I usually drink still water. Yet every now and then I have a glass of wine or another semi-healthy beverage. When it comes to quantity, I normally take three liters a day. Sometimes I drink less though because I simply forget it during busy days. So, how do you put your drinking stakes in the ground?

  1. Analyze the current state. Reflect upon yesterday. What did you drink? How much did you drink? Was that a typical day? If yes, write down the beverages and amounts. This approach might sound over-systemic, yet please follow me here. Awareness is the first step towards change.
  2. Define your target state. You want to shoot for at least two liters of healthy beverages. Again, quantity depends on your body weight, the climate zone you^re living in, your life-style (mind working out regularly) and other factors. What are “healthy beverages”? Those which hydrate your body plus provide nutrients. I’m generally recommending high-quality still water as your basic beverage. You want to complement with green tea and coconut water for instance.
  3. Switch into active gear. Assuming you’ve captured your current state on the left and your target state on the right side of the paper. Next, you want to write down the actions in the middle. They represent the bridge between where you’re and where you want to be. After you’ve done this, start changing your drinking habits immediately. Have a full glass of water always near to you. Bear the 100 days rule in mind: It takes only three months to cultivate healthy routines. Your body will be grateful.

Why you need a good blender

Nowadays everyone is running around stressed, trying to keep up and find a place in this faster spinning world. During our daily hustle and bustle, we often don’t take time to eat. In a nutrition-nerd-like mood, I recently stopped the time of a random meal (um, I recollect an Avocado salad for lunch). Yay, a record: 7.35 minutes for a large bowl! I was just about to pat myself on the back, when a truth came to my mind: Mealtime correlates with health. The more time you take for a meal, i.e. the more often you chew, the healthier you are, the better you look and the longer you live. What a great outlook, if I could only slow down anything! I need to tackle this the ExperienceZone way.

The problem: Every chew you don’t make shortens your life

Digestion starts in your mouth. Your teeth are supposed to mash dense food. At the same time, you produce saliva, which already decomposes the porridge. If you do it properly, your subsequent digestion organs, such as the stomach, the small and large intestines have a walk in the park. If you don’t though, they’ll face challenges as undigested food bits cannot be broken up by them (they don’t have teeth). These food bits can cause a lot of issues, such as food intolerances and allergies.

The solution: Make a blender predigest your food

Proper oral predigestion requires you to chew every bite 30-50 times. In case of my super-size salad bowl, that would add up to 30-60 minutes. Almost impossible to carve out so much time for a single meal! Of course it is doable, yet I’m simply not willing to take the time. Reason being, I’m busy. I got stuff to do. I’m not a cow, which has nothing else to do than chewing.

So I needed some external support. A blender. It allows me to throw in my healthy fruit & vegetables, push a button and atomize it. A fast and healthy way to prepare and consume meals! My teeth just cannot compete with my Vitamix. This thing purifies food in lightning speed. It breaks up the plant cells and thus gives my intestines immediate access to the enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Your way to a healthy digestion

I learned it the hard way. For many years, I felt down after a meal. Reasons being, I ate processed food too fast. Meantime, I worked on both bad habits and switched to a plant-based raw diet, which I purify whenever I can. Digestion takes up to 80% of your energy. Hence, you want to optimize your energy balance sheet by a) maximizing the energy value of the food you eat (and I don’t mean the amount of calories here but the quality of food) and b) minimize the effort your body needs to make to digest that food. So, what do you need to do?

  1. Eat high-energy food. First start with the “what”. I found that a raw plant-based diet gives me most energy. I mix vegetables (especially green leaves or wild plants) in a relation of 3:2 with fruit to a) give my body everything it needs and b) accommodate my spoiled palate.
  2. Get a good blender. Now its time for the “how”. Do some research on good blenders. Don’t be pennywise and pound-foolish. Instead of buying an all-in-one kitchen device (“all-in-one” is unavoidably always about compromises), purchase a device, which atomizes your food. The higher the degree of decomposition, the less your intestines have to do. If you don’t want to do it for your health, do it for the vanity. Predigesting your food will enable your body to invest the energy saved, in regeneration and thus rejuvenation.
  3. Blend your food as often as possible. Once you posses a blender a whole new universe of creative recipes unfolds. Become creative. A food artist. Don’t judge a smoothie by its look. Each and everyone will taste different, as this depends on the ratios and composition of food alike. Drink it. Your palate will discover new dimensions of taste, which have been covered during years of processed civilization food intake.

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