Water is a fundamental part of our lives. It is easy to forget how completely we depend on water. Human survival is dependent on water – water has been ranked by experts as second only to oxygen as essential for life. Daily your body must replace 2 ½ quarts of water. We need lots of fresh water to stay healthy. Aside from aiding in digestion and absorption of food, water regulates body temperature and blood circulation, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and removes toxins and other wastes. This “body water” also cushions and protects tissues and organs, including the spinal cord, from shock and damage. Conversely, lack of water (dehydration) can be the cause of many ailments. Chronic dehydration may cause problems for the body including hypertension, asthma, allergies, and migraine headaches.
Every process in our body occurs in a water medium. We can exist without food for two months or more, but we can only survive for a few days without water.
Most people do not drink enough water. The body responds to this water deficiency in a variety of ways, which we frequently see as illnesses. Ongoing dehydration may cause actual disease as the body struggles to maintain itself with sufficient water.
Among its other benefits, water plays a major part in weight loss. Since water contains no calories, it can serve as an appetite suppressant and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Water may possibly be one of the most significant factors in losing weight!
Water is the most important nutrient you consume every day. It’s fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium and without calories. Also, drinking more water helps to reduce water retention by stimulating your kidneys. A person should consume one ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight.
Dehydration leads to excess body fat, poor muscle tone and size, decreased digestive efficiency and organ function, increased toxicity, joint and muscle soreness, and water retention. Water works to keep muscles and skin toned.
Constipation is a frequent symptom of dehydration. Increased water, along with increased fiber, will usually totally eliminate a problem.
There is a difference between drinking pure water and beverages that contain water. Caffeinated beverages stimulate the adrenal glands and act as diuretics robbing your body of necessary water. Soft drinks contain phosphorus which can lead to depletion of bone calcium. Soda contains sodium. Fruit juices contain a lot of sugar and stimulate the pancreas. These drinks may tax the body more than they cleanse it. A 12 oz. can of regular soda contains the equivalent of 9 teaspoons of sugar and loads of empty calories.
Other beverages also contain dehydrating agents. They may actually reduce the water reserves in the body! Drinking other beverages to the exclusion of water may also cause you to lose your taste for water. This is particularly true with children as they become dependent on sodas and juices.