Water – It’s benefits

Water is very important to life.  It regulates metabolism.    In fact, every system in our body requires water.  Our bodies are made up of 6o% water.  For that reason alone it is an essential ingredient in my cleanse.  Very few of us take in enough water and as a result are not hydrated.   Dehydration can be very serious and may require medical interaction.  Drinking enough water helps you maintain a healthy body weight, flushes toxins from your systems that you need for continued health and may help to restore your health if you have an illness. 

 Drinks such as coffee, tea, sodas, etc. cannot replace water.  In fact,  these beverages can actually increase your bodies need for more  water.  Most seniors are dehydrated to some degree.  Seniors need around 2 1/2 quarts per day.  My Mom doesn’t drink enough water.   In fact, we cannot get her to drink 2 1/2 quarts of anything.  She doesn’t like water and doesn’t mind telling you.  Sometimes we put a little lemon in it or flavor the water in some way. 

Of course, seniors are not the only group who don’t drink enough water.  Some of us do better than others.  As for myself, I am inconsistent about getting enough water into my system and have to make a daily effort to drink water.  My sister was addicted to Dr. Pepper and that was her drink of choice.  She has recently broken that habit by following my cleanse and now drinks the lemon cocktail that I use in my cleanse but still needs to drink more water.  We all do.  Our thirst does not always tell us if we need water.  One way of knowing whether you are taking in enough water is by watching your urine.  Urine should be clear or very light yellow with no smell.  If you are dehydrated, urine will be a dark yellow.  Another way is by keeping track of how much water you are drinking.  If you are experiencing 3 or 4 of the following symptoms you may be  dehydrated.

  The symptoms of dehydration include: 

  • dry sticky mouth
  • thirst
  • sleepiness
  • being tired
  • decreased urine output
  • muscle weakness
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • fuzziness of thought (lack of focus)
  • dry skin

How much water should we take in:

There is no hard and fast rule, although many of the experts tell us we should take in 8  8 oz glasses daily.  The problem with this is this amount of water will replace what you are losing daily through sweat, urine output, etc.  but may not fully hydrate you.   I follow a formula based on your body weight.    You take your body weight and divide by 2 and this will give you the number of ounces you should drink daily.  For example, 200 lbs divided by 2 is 100 ounces.  In addition, extra water should be taken if you exercise or the weather is hot, you have any type of illness or you are pregnant.   

Once you determine the water requirements for your body then the next question becomes what type of water should you drink.  We have all heard the reports regarding bottled water.  Many times, we are drinking water that is coming from some community spicket.  Tests have been done and found that the water in many products is no safer than any other water.  Some brands of bottled water contain high levels of contaminants and toxins.  The only way to overcome this is to do your research and determine whether your water choice is safe.

There are basically three types of water.  Distilled, spring and chloridated.  I will discuss all of these later in a future blog, but for now let me say that  I prefer to drink distilled or even double distilled if you can find it.  Wikipedia defines distilled water as “water that has virtually all of its impurities removed through distillation.  Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container leaving most, if not all,  contaminants behind.”  Criticisms of distilled water are generally:

  1. Naturally occurring minerals taken out of the water.
  2. Lacks fluoride
  3. Hard to find in bottled water
  4. Requires a large amount of energy and resources to distill water.
  5. Filtration systems work as well as distillation
  6. Distillers are costly and require large amounts of resources.

You can decide these issues for yourself but I have decided that distilled water is the purest water that can be found.  So it is that simple for me. 

I do not have a distiller so I am forced to buy my water.  I usually buy it by the gallon at grocery stores or at Walmart.  My one major concern is that is can only be bought in plastic jugs.  Preferably, they would be glass as plastic containers can 1) leach chemicals in water if left in the sun, heated up or reused several times 2) takes over 17 billion barrels of oil to meet the demand for bottled water 3) is a poor use of water resources as it requires as much as 7 times the amount of water to make bottled water and 4) it takes over 35,000 18 wheelers daily to deliver this bottled water.  We spend over $16 billion dollars a year on bottled water. 

You can buy distillers and some of them are solar powered but these can be very expensive.  So for now, I usually just buy the water and pray that the jugs are kept out of the heat.  Try to find a glass container to transfer the water into.

The important thing is to start getting this life giving fluid into you.  Here are a few fast tips to help you drink your water requirement.

  • Keep track of the amount of water you are drinking and record it daily in a notebook.
  • Start out the morning by drinking 16 ounces of water  upon rising.
  • Drink another 16 ounces before each meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drink 16 ounces in the early evening.  Avoid taking right before bed or you may spend the evening going to the bathroom
  • Drink water throughout the day. 

I think you will find that by hydrating yourself and flushing out the toxins from your system that you will begin to feel better right away and this is one of the biggest tools you can use for weight loss as well.

Have a great fluid filled life.

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One Response to “Water – It’s benefits”

  1. JEFFERY THOMAS HARBIN Says:

    I heard on tv somewhere that it is possible to overdose if you drink too much water .Is this true ?Since you have took it upon yourself to give all the pros about this .Are there any negitive reasons not to drink too much water.thanks .just wondering.

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