The way you eat, the way you live.
Water is by far and above the most important nutrient in the body. Water helps maintain normal body temperature and is essential for carrying waste material out of the body. This process is extremely important during and after exercise. Replacing the water that is continually being lost through sweating and elimination is very important. Without adequate water, we would poison ourselves with our own metabolic wastes. The kidneys remove waste products, such as uric acid, urea, and lactic acid. If this process is diminished these substances would cause damage to the kidneys. Proper digestion and metabolism also rely on water for certain enzymatic and chemical reactions in the body.
Water is especially important for people who have musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, or who are athletic, as it lubricates the joints. Water is essential for breathing as lung tissue must be moist to facilitate oxygen intake and carbon dioxide excretion. Exercise also promotes increased use of the respiratory system. Approximately one pint of liquid is lost each day through exhaling. If you do not take in enough water to maintain fluid balance, every bodily function can be impaired. And the more active you are, the more water you must consume in order to keep your body's water level in balance.
A common misconception is that consuming any liquid has the same effect as pure water intake. Tea, coffee, soda, juice, even water with lemon IS NOT WATER. These can actually make your body need more water. Only pure water is considered for adequate hydration.
Inadequate water consumption may contribute to excess body fat, poor muscle tone, digestive problems, decreased functioning of organs, decreased brain function, joint and muscle soreness, and water retention.
Water is needed to detoxify. Some water retention can be related to the person who has a high level of toxins in their body. The water retention is to dilute the toxic concentrations in the body. Just like clean water is needed to clean your house, it is also necessary to help flush out and keep internal tissues and organs clean.
Individual hydration needs may vary greatly. For decades it has been said to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This totals 64 ounces. This does not take into consideration body weight or activity. A more accurate formula is to take your body weight; divide by 2 and drink that many ounces per day, minimum.
As an example; a 200 lb. man and divide by 2 = 100 oz. per day.
You still may need more water based upon exercise or exertion. Individual needs are important to consider.
Human beings can survive without food for thirty to forty days, but without water life would be in danger in three to five days. The average person's body is composed of approximately 70 percent water. For example blood, heart, lungs, and kidneys are approximately 80 percent water. Muscles, brain, spleen, and intestines are 75 percent water, bones are 22 percent water and fat is 10 percent.
Cleaning up the most important nutrient for the body will have a significant eﬀect on health long term. Anything that can be done to filter tap and/or shower water will have health benefits and may be curative in some cases.
Dehydration is very common in today’s population. Many individuals overlook the importance that water has on their health. They will look for complicated solutions instead of looking at the answer that oﬀers a significant impact on the body; a suﬃcient amount of quality drinking water.
Consuming adequate quantities of quality water is beneficial for virtually all disorders known to humankind. Some forms of headaches can be attributed to dehydration. If not enough water is consumed, toxins can build up in the system and cause headaches. Water flushes these toxins out. Other symptoms such as anxiety attacks, food intolerances, "acid stomach", heartburn, muscle pains, bladder and bowel problems, colitis pain, hot flashes, and many other discomforts and disorders can be eased by rehydrating the body. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is another disorder that benefits by consuming adequate amounts of quality water daily to flush out toxins and other substances that contribute to muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
Drinking recommended amounts of quality water can slow the aging process and is necessary for healthy skin. Adequate water consumption can help to prevent or improve arthritis, kidney stones, obesity, constipation, arteriosclerosis, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and many other diseases.
Other helpful hydration tips:
Avoid chlorinated water and for many fluoridated water. Today more than half of the cities in the United States add fluoride to the residential water supply. The salts used to fluoridate our nation's water supply are sodium fluoride and fluorosalicic acid. These are actually industrial byproducts that are never found in nature. They are also toxic compounds which are also found in rat poison and insecticides. The naturally occurring form of fluoride is calcium fluoride. This naturally occurring element may not have the same negative side eﬀects as the artificially added fluorides.
Chlorine has long been added to public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria. However, the levels of chlorine in drinking water today can be quite high, and some byproducts of chlorine known as trihalomethanes are carcinogens.
Most people assume that when they turn on the kitchen tap, they are getting clean, safe, healthy drinking water. This often is not the case. Regardless of the original source of tap water, it is susceptible to a number of diﬀerent types of contaminants, harmful chemicals and inorganic minerals that the body cannot use. It is well documented that chlorine aggravates asthma. Chlorine is also linked to a greater incidence of bowel, bladder and breast cancer as well as malignant melanoma and congenital anomalies. Children who swim often have an increased risk of these conditions. Chlorinated water destroys friendly bacteria. These bacteria, also referred to as probiotics, help aid digestion, boost immunity, and are responsible for the manufacturing of vitamin B12 and vitamin K.
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