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How much water to drink in P2? (Hint: less than you might think.)

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Over the years, the formula to drink half your weight in ounces of water (that doesn't count anything BUT water) has evolved into some kind of sacred rule. However, that's not what is in the original protocol.

Here's a direct quote:
Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Simeons
Tea, coffee, plain water, or mineral water are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in any quantity and at all times.
In fact, the patient should drink about 2 liters of these fluids per day...
So, you can count your coffee and tea as part of your 2 litre requirement. There are dangers involved in over-hydrating. I'm concerned when I read people who encourage extreme amounts of water and engage in "pounding" gallons a day. Taking in too much water disturbs your electrolyte balance and can make you weak and dizzy--you can even die from a concentrated influx of a great quantity of water. I remember a recent radio show contest that had participants chugging water to see who could drink the most without going to the bathroom? One participant DIED. And the coroners report confirmed it was from ingesting too much water over a short period of time.

In rare cases, drinking an extreme amount in a short time can be dangerous. It can cause the level of salt, or sodium, in your blood to drop too low. That's a condition called hyponatremia.It's very serious, and can be fatal. You may hear it called water intoxication.
A safe amount to chug would be 16oz. Thats about all your kidneys can comfortably handle at once.

The truth is--you can't make the protocol work any better by water-logging yourself. Its just overkill. At first, I thought I had to drink extra water too....but I didn't in my later rounds, and I found there was absolutely no benefit to over-watering. Unless you own stock in the toilet paper company.

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Updated August 24th, 2015 at 07:15 AM by Leez

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  1. AbsAgain's Avatar
    Interesting perspective, Leez. My doctor actually encouraged me to drink 1 gallon of water per day. However, he also encouraged me to salt my food as much as I'd like. Usually my doc is religious about following Dr. Simeon's protocol, but I think I remember him telling me water helped with getting rid of toxins stored in fat cells as well as suppressing appetite.
  2. Leez's Avatar
    I think your doctor is pretty balanced...salt gives you a natural thirst for liquids. I think when you are pushing water way beyond a comfort level is when you can get into trouble.

    Also, there's a difference between table salt and pink or grey salts that are processed only by evaporation. Table salt is caustic to the body and gives nothing back, while the mineral salts provide nutrients and help sustain electrolyte balance, they don't just dehydrate you and raise your blood pressure. So yes, I agree....don't limit salt--but choose a good salt.
    Updated September 15th, 2015 at 09:16 AM by Leez