The Big Deal about Water
So what's the big deal about water? We're always
being told that we should drink more, but why? Well, put simply -
without water, we'd die. Although death from dehydration is rare in the
Western developed world, plenty of the symptoms you're experiencing
right now could be down to not drinking enough.
About seventy percent of our bodies is made up of water. That's an
incredible amount and provides you with just a hint of how vital water
is for us. Our bodies use water to keep running efficiently and the
human body very cleverly rations water out to where it is needed and
keeps some in reserve in case of drought - more efficiently than a
hosepipe ban in August! The regular supply of water helps to regulate
several bodily functions - many of which you will probably never before
have associated with drinking enough water.
Water is in every cell and every tissue on your
body. It maintains your healthy muscles and helps you keep your
young-looking skin; it lubricates joints and organs and regulates body
temperature. You can't function without it. Water is the main ingredient
in all your bodily fluids-blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, tears,
and sweat. Water is involved in almost every bodily function:
circulation, digestion, absorption, and elimination of wastes, to name a
Drinking water is a great habit to get into. It can not only help to
keep you healthy, when healthy problems arise, water can also help cure
you - far more cheaply than using expensive pharmaceutical drugs. You
can even counter the effects of these over the counter and prescribed
drugs with water. Just think about it - what does it make more sense to
put into your body - a man-made drug that bears no real chemical
resemblance to the human body - or the very thing that already makes up
seventy percent of our bodies?
Hard water that is alkaline is better for drinking. No, I don't mean
that really hard water that actually tastes metallic - I mean water that
are on the hard side rather than soft. Why? Because those ions that make
the water hard are also essential minerals, i.e. they are good for you.
Also, water is often softened by replacing the magnesium and calcium
ions with sodium ions. This extra sodium may not be good for people with
heart disease or who are on sodium restricted diets.
carries the electrolytes, mineral salts that help convey electrical
currents in the body; the major minerals that make up these salts are
sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and chloride. In short, water is
quite important for self-regulation within the body, ensuring that
everything stays in balance.
Water helps to transport your waste products through your guts and helps
you expel them. That helps prevent you getting constipated. Water also
helps feed your body. You can bet most people will never have thought of
this, but it's water that carries most of the vitamins and minerals that
are left when food is broken down, so that it can be absorbed into the
parts of the body that need it. Without water, you can't absorb
nutrients and minerals into your
bloodstream - or anywhere else for that matter - and so a lack of
water means you are not properly nourished either.
So, from head to toe, you need water to properly regulate your body's