The body is made of 60-70% water.
In fact every cell in our body is made of water. We can survive for weeks without food, but only 3-5 days without water. Water is also required for every bodily process; such as digestion, absorption, circulation and elimination. It is also the primary transporter of nutrients throughout the body.
Water is also used to protect joints, organs and tissues.
The body also uses water to help regulate body temperature (such as when sweating) — therefore, it is important!!
How much water do we need?
Water requirements depend on our size, activity level, health, diet and climate. We also must take into account the water we lose daily due through our skin (25%), lungs (19%), urine (50%) and bowels (6%). Coffee, tea, cocoa, pop and alcohol do NOT count as water and act as diuretics. In other words, they increase water loss; as well as vitamin and mineral loss.
Benefits of water
Bowel, bladder and headache problems can be improved substantially just by increasing water consumption. It also helps to flush toxins out of the body. Some other problems that can be improved include anxiety attacks, arthritis, high stomach acid, muscle pains and chronic fatigue. In fact, not drinking enough water may contribute to kidney problems since they are responsible for removing various acids that build up in the body.
What types of water are best?
For now, in my opinion, the best option for water is reverse osmosis. This method removes everything, although it does waste water. Distilled is another option; however, there is concern that the high temperature used to make it, causes different biochemical effects on the body. With reverse osmosis & distilled, it’s best to include extra liquid trace minerals in your diet as they can leach minerals from your body. Please avoid tap water as it can/may contain chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides, industrial chemicals, parasites, phosphates, & fertilizers that leak into the water supply – many of these have been linked to cancer. Also be careful with spring water. If it’s bottled at the source, it’s often not treated and may be contaminated. Others may be similar to tap water. Simple granulated carbon filters also do not do much and germs can accumulate if their filters are not cleaned/changed frequently. Brita is an example. Solid block carbon filters are better than granulated carbon because they retain natural trace minerals; however they still can contain bacteria and some heavy metals. Well water may contain heavy metals and agricultural/industrial pollutants. If you use your own well or spring water, have them tested often.
DID YOU KNOW?
• One pint of water is lost daily just from breathing alone. This is because the lungs need to re-moisturize themselves.
• The body needs 1 cup of water just to process an equal amount of coffee, pop or tea. Again, these are NOT water sources.
• To determine your daily needs take your weight divide by 2 and divide by 8 to give how many cups you need per day (more is required if you exercise).
• Water can slow aging.
• Downs, mottled teeth and cancer is linked to fluoridated water.
• Water is very beneficial for constipation.