Water – It does the body good
In order to live, our bodies require four essential nutrients – carbohydrates, protein, fats and last not but not least – water. Water is the body’s staple. Water has two properties in the body – it has life sustaining properties and it has life giving functions. Modern medicine only recognizes water as life-sustaining properties
Why do our bodies need water?
The cell is one of the most basic units of life and yet cells are the driving force within our bodies. In the body, there are brain cells, skin cells, liver cells, stomach cells, etc. Each of these cells has unique functions and features in order to keep the body running. The one essential element that helps cells perform their unique functions is water. Why?
- Water generates electrical and magnetic energy inside our cells. It provides the power to live.
- Water is the bonding adhesive in the architectural design of the cell structure.
- Water increases the efficiency of red blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs.
- When water reaches the cell, it brings oxygen and takes the waste gases to the lungs for disposal.
In addition to cell rejuvenation and cell energy, water
- clears toxic waste from the different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.
- produces energy in the body – and it has no side effects.
- is a great natural diuretic.
- is a laxative and prevents constipation.
- is the main lubricant in the joint spaces.
- gives the skin a healthy, supple glow.
Minerals along with water play an important part of energy production within the body. Water, salt, potassium, magnesium and calcium are involved in energy production within the cell. Water drives the sodium/potassium pump and manufactures hydroelectricity. This hydroelectricity is used for the body’s immediate energy needs and the excess is converted to usable stored energy for emergency use.
The human body is about 75% water. The brain is about 85% water and blood is 95% water when the body is fully hydrated.
Are you dehydrated? How do you tell if you are dehydrated?
This may come as a shock, but dry mouth and being thirsty is the one of the last indicators of dehydration in the body. Also, being thirsty can be confused with hunger because both sensations are similar in the way they register in the brain. So, instead of drinking water, you may reach for food.
Additionally, as we grow older, we lose our perception of thirst so we don’t reach for water as often as we should.
The common indicators of dehydration are
- Feeling tired
- Not sleeping well
- Heavy headed
When chronic dehydration occurs, the body goes into drought management and the following symptoms can appear such as:
- Morning sickness during pregnancy
What happens inside your body when it is experiencing a severe drought?
Depending on the area where the dehydration has settled, most the cells in that region begin to wrinkle and their inner functions affected. The cells also become depleted of their ready energy.
Additionally, the neurotransmitter, histamine plays an important role in thirst. Histamine release sparks your body to react by making you thirsty. Because of excess histamine in the body there are side effects such as asthma, and allergies.
There is hope!! If you start to drink water on a continuous basis, the body starts to become conditioned to regular and adequate water intake and eventually the thirst sensation starts to reappear. Again thirst is the last indicator of dehydration so it’s important to drink water regularly and throughout the day.
A dry mouth and being thirsty is one of the last indicators of dehydration in the body.
Your glass should always be half full – with water.
When, Where and How Much?
Most people operate under the assumption that any fluid can replace water such as juice, coffee, milk, etc. There is nothing else like drinking water and no fluid can ever replace the beneficial effects of water.
- Milk is considered food
- Juice contains a lot of sugar and very little water
- Caffeine acts as a cruel diuretic and rids the body of water in its natural reserves.
Every 24 hours the body recycles the equivalent of 40,000 glasses of water to maintain its normal physiological functions. Because of this metabolic occurrence our body becomes short of about 6 to 10 glasses of water each day.
On a daily basis you should drink enough water in relation to your body weight. Take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day.
There are many factors that affect adequate water intake. If you exercise, live in an arid climate, or traveling on an airplane, your water intake should increase.
- If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active.
- If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water.
- When you are traveling on an airplane, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane.
- Throughout the day. The body must not be allowed to become dehydrated before you drink.
- At least ½ hour before meals. This lubes and prepares the digestive tract.
- At least two and a half hours after a meal to complete the digestion process.
- First thing in the morning to correct dehydration during sleep.
- Before exercising in order for the body to create sweat.
- In the morning. It can act as a natural laxative.
- Everywhere!!! Buy a stainless steel container, decorate it with stickers and make this a fashion statement. It is hip now to carry around water. It sends off the message of health and wellness!!!
There is nothing else like drinking water and no fluid can ever replace the beneficial effects of water.