I got suspended today from 30bananasaday.com after I posted this genuine blog post, the title was 'Durianrider Takes Literally A Ton of Supplements Every Year', here it is:
I understood something today: drinking water is a supplement. I have lived many weeks without water lately and have felt quite fantastic, living off plenty of high-water content fruits and vegetables: watermelon, cantaloupe, valencia oranges, navel oranges, clementines, tangerines, honeydew melons, coconut water, mangoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, kale, spinach, zucchini, romaine lettuce, pomegranates, empire apples, spartan apples, fuji apples, honeycrisp apples, pinklady apples, papayas, and pears. I have noticed for the first time last year how I sometimes dislike the taste/feeling of drinking water when I am already properly hydrated, be it filtered water, spring water or distilled water.
supplement: n. something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole, to what seems insufficient.
That being said I do drink water sometimes but rarely, and I would say that water is definitely a good supplement (unlike most others), but it is possible to take too much, and lose too much minerals, as in a situation like hyponatremia which I experienced slightly last year two times trying to follow Durianrider's recommendations. I definitely prefer the water only from fruits & veggies when possible, which is most of the time these cold Winter days. And whether we like it or not, Michael Arnstein is right about the (bottled) water insanity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WldziQplx98
Yes, Durianrider takes literally a ton of supplements, as in close to 1000kg of overt water per year. Of course I'm just teasing here, but I'm doing so because I'm a bit tired of hearing him talk about how we should all drink 2L of water per day, and how our pee should not be yellow. I pee at least 10 times per day already, and if I would drink 2L of water as he oh so recommends, I would probably go pee 15 times per day if not more, and that would be plain stupid because I am perfectly hydrated already. More over, I don't usually flush the toilet when I go pee, and after a few peepees it starts to turn yellow, which is natural and normal. Even those days where I run 7 miles for instance, high-water content fruits and veggies give me all I need - the nutrients and the water.
Durianrider (and others including myself) should be careful not to "always" prescribe exact numbers especially without talking about the important varrying factors, in this case the amount of water we lose in our sweat which depends on the temperature, humidity, and activity level, and more especially on the amount of water already ingested through foods. That being said I also believe that dehydration is not an issue for most people who go on a proper LFRV lifestyle with significant amounts of high-water content quality fruits and vegetables, such as those mentionned above.
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