Monday, November 17, 2008

Water - drink more water

Our body is made of more than 70 percent of water. Blood is 83% water, muscles are 75%, the brain is 74% and the bones contain 22% water. Water plays an important role in controlling our body temperature, cushioning our joints, removing waste (via the lymphatic system), transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells and protecting organs and tissue.

Water is the single most important nutrient for our body. Our body loses about two quarts of water every day through perspiration, urination and exhalation.
Instead of reaching for soda, drink pure water throughout the day.
Even during the winter months we need to make sure that we appropriately hydrated. Try a humidifier in the bedroom.

Our bodies were created to move, to keep the fluids in our body moving. During illness or bed rest, the water in our body becomes stagnant, creating a breeding ground for disease. During exercise or manual stimulation like massage, we stir the water, refreshing our body, renewing our energy and regaining strength.

Some sources say that we need 8 glasses of water no matter what. Some calculate bodyweight cut in half, and we should drink that amount in ounces (150 pounds, would be 75 ounces a day).

In any case, water can even help with weight loss. Water may as well be the most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off.
Although most of us take for granted, water may be the only true "magic potion" for permanent weight loss.
The kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work it can't operate at maximum capacity. As a result, it metabolizes less fat and more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.

Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention.
When the body gets less water it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cell). This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands.

Other Benefits of water:
-> Improves energy
-> Increase mental and physical performance
-> Removes toxins and waste products from the body. Through perspiration, the body eliminates toxins. Sweating is a sign of being healthy.
-> Keeps the skin moisturized and makes us look younger
-> Helps with weigh loss
-> Reduces headaches and dizziness
-> Allows proper digestion
-> Keeps the body alkaline
-> Helps relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source. Result? Constipation. But when a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function usually returns.
-> Benefits the heart.
The findings of a six-year study of more than 20,000 healthy men and women aged 38-100 in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses. The protective effect of water was even greater in men.
-> Eliminates dry mouth
-> Input and output of fluids will be the same.

When to drink water?
It is best not to drink water with meals since this will dilute hydrochloric acid which helps with digestion.
It is best to drink in between meals, 15 minutes before the meal and 2 hours after eating.

Benefits of the right balance of fluids in the body:
* Endocrine-gland function improves
* Fluid retentions is alleviated as stored water is lost.
* More fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat
* Natural thirst returns
* Loss of hunger

Any time we stop to drink enough water, our body fluids will be thrown out of balance again, and we may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst. To remedy the situation we'll have to go back and force another "breakthrough."

Most valuable book to read on water instead of medicines: Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

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