If you have health problems, please read this post. There are some myths around water, and how much you should drink. New Science has revealed some truths about water.
New Science has discovered that many chronic related illnesses may be improved or even prevented by drinking more water, but how much is enough? Water is now considered a source of energy for the body, but this has been overlooked in the past.
Dehydration shows up long before we are thirsty, especially as we get older. Dr. Batmanghelidj author of You Bodies Many Cries For Water, says that your body's thirst mechanism tends to malfunction after about the age of 20. The result is that you can get chronically dehydrated. The body needs a certain amount of water to function properly. Medical research finally reveals that "dry mouth," is not a reliable indicator of the body's need for more water. If you want to read more on this topic you can go to www.watercure.com.
Is eight 8 ounces of water Enough?
This is a common myth. Roberta H. Anding of Louisiana State University is a dietician working with professional athletes. She explains that for some, eight 8 ounces of water per day may be too much, and not enough for others. How much water your body requires depends on your body composition, your current health, and your activity level. Some athletes actually calculate their sweat rates, but most of us don't have to go that far. Scale weight before and after exercise is the best indicator of fluid loss. If you lose more than 3 pounds on the scale then you are dehydrated.
* dark colored urine is a sign of dehydration.
If the weather is very hot or very cold... you will need to drink more water. If you exercise more than an hour in hot conditions then you need a sports drink to replace electrolytes and sodium. Orange and tomato juice are also good replacements. I had heat illness once, and I quickly recovered drinking tomato juice.
* Tip- Flying in an airplane depletes the body's water reserves. The cause for this, is pressurized cabins. This might be one of the reasons you feel so tired after a long flight. If you fly often, you should increase your intake of water.
Why do we need so much water?
- The human body is 75% water and the brain is 85% water.
- Water serves as a transport vehicle for cellular functions.
- Water is a holding media for getting rid of heat.
- Water lubricates joints and may help reduce pain in joints.
- If you take medication, your thirst mechanism is compromised.
- Dr. Batmanghelidj says that increasing water intake is one of the best ways to prevent many chronic conditions, especially digestive problems.
- Chronic dehydration reduces blood volume, and can contribute to high blood pressure.
Make sure the quality of the water you drink is Good
Your water should be free of toxic chemicals and bacteria contamination. The pouring of toxic wastes into river and lakes makes it impossible for governments to continue to guarantee water quality. Aging water pipes should be monitored regularly to ensure that traces of lead are not in the drinking water.
Most tap water is safe. If you are like me, and you don't like the taste...or you worry about the effects of chlorine and flouride, you can let the water stand for a few hours. If you can afford filtered water there are many advanced water systems on the market. I like Nikken's Pi Mag water system. It has balanced nutrients and is P.H balanced. Most of all I love the way it tastes. See www.nikken.com/johnschlapbach, for more information.
As you can see, there are many reasons why it's a good idea to drink more water. Water is a source of energy for all living things.
Drink to your health!
Debbie L. Belair, guest blogger