Water is one of the top essential elements of life, in fact, the basic one without which we can’t survive. As such we are required to drink a generous amount of it throughout the day to maintain the proper balance of our fluids.
What kind of water you put in your body is even more important than what food you eat because your body is made up mostly of water. Water is so beneficial, so easy, so free, yet so easily overlooked.
Did you know that up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? As a group, we definitely don’t get enough water, and it’s really coming to hurt our overall health. Children, sick people and the elderly are most vulnerable to dehydration.
A recent US study, conducted at the prestigious Harvard University, showed that more than 50 percent of children are dehydrated. The boys were in worse condition than girls. Previous studies have alarmed the public with the information that in America one-quarter of children don’t drink the water, but soda. The study was conducted with children between the ages of 2 to 17.
For adults, six to ten glasses of pure water each day are necessary to enhance your body’s functioning. Over half of your body is made up of water. It’s in every cell and every tissue. Biological processes like circulation, digestion, absorption and excretion depend on water. It forms the foundation of blood and lymph, maintains hearty muscles and young-looking skin, lubricates joints and organs and regulates body temperature. You can’t function without it because water is necessary for the metabolism, circulation, temperature control, elimination of toxins and waste, its lack in the body creates long-term consequences.
Twelve Symptoms Of Dehydration
Thirst, the best known symptom, occurs when the “crisis” has already begun.
But there are other symptoms that are trying to warn you:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Mood swings
- Muscle cramps
- Back pain and joint pain
- Inability to concentrate
- Dry, cracked lips and skin and pronounced wrinkles
- Dark urine
- Bad breath
- Desire for sweets
Staying hydrated can be quite a chore, especially if you’re not a huge fan of the flavor of water. However, with a little bit of creativity and a couple minutes of chopping, you can have water that is both flavorful and colorful and will quickly become your new drink of choice. Flavored water is great for your waistline, ups your daily vitamin intake and keeps you away from those terrible commercial waters that offer nothing more than a sugar rush.
Check The Color Of Your Urine
You can check if you’re drinking enough liquid through your urine. Through the frequency of going to the bathroom and from the color of your urine.
The normal number of times you urinate in a day is between 6-8 times.
The color of urine in the case of dehydration is dark and concentrated.
With sufficient fluid intake, the urine has a light yellow color, almost transparent.
But this rule doesn’t apply if you are taking supplements in the form of a multivitamin or B vitamins. Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, also has the ability to paint the urine in a light color, so keep your own record of fluid intake.
Drink Filtered Water
There has been much written about chlorine, fluoride, medication, toxins and chemicals in our public drinking water. Bottled water companies capitalized on this and made a fortune on those who were trying to make better drinking water choices. Their scam has been exposed and we now know their water is regular public drinking water in toxic plastic bottles. Don’t buy bottled water.
Filtered water unlike tap water or direct underground water goes through several stages of filtration. This means, there is no dirt present in it which is otherwise present in the direct tap water which flows through rusty & dirty pipes passing through gutters. The filtration process removes bacteria and eliminates stench & bad odor. Therefore, this improves the quality by a great deal and your health as well.
We need to filter our drinking water with a good filtration system to purify it as much as possible. There is always good, better and best, but any filtering is beneficial. Buy the best one you can afford.
You need to filter your bath and shower water as well. The skin is the body’s largest organ and absorbs 60% of whatever we put on it. This not only includes body lotions, soaps, and makeup, but also water and the chemicals in water.
In addition, steam contains up to 50 times more chemicals than liquid water. Inhaling these chemicals is much more dangerous than drinking water since it goes directly into our blood stream, whereas ingested water (and the chemicals it contains) is partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system. These chemicals can also more easily penetrate our skin while showering and/or bathing since the heat opens our pores.
Chlorine vapors greatly irritate the sensitive tissues and bronchial passages of the lungs, and are suspected to be a primary cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children.
Drinking water at a certain time can maximize its benefits
- Drinking 2 glasses when you wake up in the morning helps to wake you up, activate your internal organs and gets your intestines lubricated and moving.
- 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps with digestion.
- I glass of water before a bath or shower lowers blood pressure.
- 1 glass of water before bedtime avoids stroke or heart attack.
You have the power to heal yourself, it is your birthright. And it is my mission to help you learn the many ways available to you.