Some nutritionists insist that 80% of the country is walking around dehydrated. We drink too much coffee, tea, and sodas containing caffeine, which prompts the body to lose water. More troubling is that fact that when we are dehydrated, we don’t know what to drink.
The answer is simple: drink water! “This is Mother nature’s healthy cocktail”Most of human body contains water. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”.
• Blood is 83% water
• Muscles are 75% water
• The brain is 74% water
• Bone is 22% water
Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. And when it comes to digestion . . . it’s just not happening without water. Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function by itself. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort.
If you’re dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it’s hard to concentrate, your body feels fatigued, and you just “poop out.”
Water works miracally in our body: Simple water — when it’s pure and free of contaminants — is truly a “wonder drug.” Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day will:
• Improve your energy;
• Increase your mental and physical performance;
• Remove toxins and waste products from your body;
• Keep skin healthy and glowing;
• Help you loose weight;
• Reduce headaches and dizziness;
• Allow for proper digestion;
• Help to keep you more alkaline;
• Water keeps our organs and joints moist. This permits the passage of nutrients and wastes between the blood vessels and the rest of the body.
Drinking water is beneficial for Heart: According to studies 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.
The benefits of drinking water for eye health:Our cornea is 80% water. Working long hours on the computer or any eyes stressing work makes the eyes dry. Just closing the eyes for a few seconds every hour and blinking frequently allows liquid from the tear glands to moisturize and lubricate the cornea.It is also recommended regular drinking of water for good eye health.
Drinking water and weight loss: Water is a natural appetite suppressant, so developing a good water drinking habit can be a long-term aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Doctor F. Batmanghelidj MD, author of “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” says most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food.It’s also important to remember that when the body is dehydrated, fat cells get “rubbery” and cannot be easily metabolized. This means that it’s harder to lose when you don’t drink your water.
Drinking water is beneficial for Women:Pregnant women need more water to support their increased blood supply and the growing baby. Breastfeeding women require additional water to produce sufficient breast milk Keeping well-hydrated during the hot summer months is a simple and effective self-help method for women with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), according to Marla Ahlgrimm, R. Phd., founder of PMS Access, a national PMS resource center.
Drinking water is good for child health:Acute child dehydration leads to a reduction in both mental and physical performance. As we have already seen, water plays a very important role in a bodily functions.. It regulates the temperature, transports nutrients and oxygen to the blood, removing waste and lubricating the joints. It also protects organs and tissues. Once the body is dehydrated, the internal temperature rises and the body, particularly the brain, overheats. This process takes place much more quickly in a child than in an adult and kids do need to drink more water to maintain good health. Children need more water than adults because of their large consumption of energy, so they should always have unlimited access to water
• A loss of 2% of body fluids causes a 20% reduction in child performance in both physical and mental activities.
• Dehydration in excess of 3% may lead to heat stroke, a condition to which children are much more prone than adults.
Some other benefits of drinking water: For athletes and work-out fanatics, drinking water reduces cardiovascular stress and improves performance. And, since water reduces body temperature, it makes the whole exercise process safer and more effective.
Water is also an important “healing tool”: For people with a history of kidney stones. Since water dissolves calcium in the urine, downing at least 8 glasses daily reduces the risk of stone formation. Drinking water is also valuable in preventing urinary tract infections in both men and for women, flushing impurities out of the system. Even mild dehydration makes you more susceptible to viruses. When your body is hydrated, drainage from allergies and colds doesn’t stick and collect in your throat and lungs, and your cough is more “productive”.
Tips for drinking water: I know how hard it can be to remember to drink enough water every day, but I also know how hard it can be to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. So I’d like to share a few easy tips to help you reach your “water mark” every day:
• Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, help your body to flush out the toxins.
• If you have cold, drink warm water instead of dehydrating coffee and tea.
• Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.
• Set a timer to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.