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Water is essential to life! You may recall that, before you were first diagnosed with diabetes, you had frequent, intense thirst. And your body still does.

Drinking enough water is probably right up there in difficulty with getting enough exercise. I’m still working on it. Dehydrated cells become more insulin resistant so it’s important to keep hydrated. How much water do you drink? Take your weight in lbs. and divide that number in half for the number of oz. you should drink daily. For example: If my weight is 144 lbs., I need to drink 72 oz. of water/day, or three 24-oz. bottles.

My first instinct when I have a blood sugar spike is to drink more water. I don’t know if it helps lower blood sugar or not, but it at least helps rehydrate the cells. Dehydrated cells become more insulin resistant. On the other hand, although uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia.

I recently posted in another group, “Pure water (unsweetened, unflavored, noncarbonated) is the best beverage for a diabetic!” One person commented, “It also gets boring!” Here was my response: “Beverages are not meant to entertain us. They are for providing hydration so that our body parts work the way they are supposed to. I would venture to say that pure water is NOT boring to a person dying of thirst in the desert! Well, our diabetic bodies are dying of dehydration whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Our body cells and organs are screaming for pure water!” Marsha commented, “When I’m tempted to think it’s boring, my mind goes to the millions of people who don’t have the blessing of pure water. Then I can drink with thankfulness and enthusiasm.”

Finally, my personal opinion is that the reason any so-called “detox” or “cleanse” works is because it’s putting more liquid into your body. I’d just rather “detox” with plain water.

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