All things are connected, like the blood that runs in your family. The water's murmur is the voice of my father's father. The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. You must give to the rivers the kindness you would give to any brother.
Sometimes people think that we need to drink water simply for the sake of remaining hydrated.
But taking in water is good for so many other things.
Alertness. Water keep us clear thinking and alert. Even dehydration on a tiny scale can lead to headaches, irritability, impaired concentration and fatigue. As the human brain is 85 percent water; keeping it hydrated is essential for proper functioning and thinking.
Healthy blood and bones. Your blood is over 80 percent water and your bones are over 50 percent water. Imagine bones without topping up water. Proper hydration is required to optimise creation of new blood and bone cells.
Healthy skin. The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. Water hydrates the skin from the inside out, helping to maintain elasticity of the skin.
Lubricated joints. Water helps protect against wear and tear and can even help reduce joint pain.
Proper digestion. Water helps prevent constipation by softening stools and adding fluid to the colon. Keeps stuff moving!
Toxin elimination. Plain water naturally helps remove toxins through the lymphatic system, intestines and kidneys.
Water aids in digestion, circulation of bodily fluids, absorption and even excretion.
Given water is so important make sure you get enough and that it is pure and clean.
If taste is an issue, experiment with adding bits of fruit for flavour.
Are you getting enough?
Cushions your joints
Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to your cells
Helps convert food to energy
Helps your body absorb nutrients
Moistens oxygen for breathing
Protects and cushions your vital organs
Regulates body temperature
83% of your blood
75% of your brain
75% of your muscles
22% of your bones
"Don't die of thirst!"
You just might, if you are not drinking enough (about 2 litres daily) water.
It sounds so simple. H20 (water) - two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. It's one of the most essential elements to health and is so important that your body actually has a specific system in place to prevent dehydration and ensure your survival. BUT water might be everywhere, but one must never take it for granted.
Water makes up more than two thirds of human body weight, that' an awful lot of you!
Without water, we would die in a few days.
The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body's water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic decision making, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen.
Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.
Water serves as a lubricant
Water serves as a lubricant or smooth running in digestion and almost every other body process.
Water in our saliva helps facilitate chewing and swallowing, ensuring that food will slide easily down the esophagus.
It lubricates our joints and cartilages and allows them to move more smoothly.
When dehydrated, the body rations water away from the joints. So, less lubrication equals greater friction and that can cause joint, knee and back pain potentially leading to injuries and arthritis.
Even our eyeballs need plenty of water (taken internally through drinking) to work well and remain healthy.
Water regulates body temperature
Our bodies can control over-heating through perspiration from sweat glands in the skin and from evaporation which produces a cooling effect.
Blood is also routed into areas close to the surface of the skin where it can be cooled and then carried back to the interior of the body.
In a cold environment, the skin maintains proper body temperature by shunting the blood away from the exterior surface thereby conserving heat within the body.
And crucially, cells in our body. The movement of water within our cellular systems also transports vital blood plasma which is 92% made of water.
Blood plasma play a critical role in circulating antibodies from the immune system, and regulating osmotic balance which all helps to maintain proper body temperature.
Water of life
Water is not called the water of life, eau de vie, aqua vitae for nothing.
Respect it and make sure that daily you drink up to 2 litres pure water.
Tips for drinking more water
If you think you need to be drinking more, here are some tips to increase your
fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:
Have a glass of water before and after every snack and meal.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content keeps you hydrated. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
Drink from it, often.
"You're not sick; you're thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication." Dr. F. Batmanghelidj
His comments on the importance of water for health are still as relevant today as in the last century. In his book “Obesity, Cancer and Depression” he finishes with the following: “The four most vital steps to better health are: balancing the water and salt content of the body, exercising the muscle mass of the body – more effective in the open and in sunlight – taking a balanced daily diet of proteins and vegetables, and avoiding dehydrating beverages. These simple steps will be effective in the prevention of disease and are the foundation to any cure process the body needs to undergo.”