Water is essential to life. It is vital for ALL life forms.
For our health we need to consider how much water we consume each day. If we are lucky, we don’t even have to consider the potential risks associated drinking water, we have come to take access to clean and safe drinking water for granted. So much so, that people don’t even realize how essential it is to their own health that they forgo drinking it in place of processed drinks, juices, teas or coffees.
Why is water so important to our health?
- Water acts as a carrier. It distributes essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and glucose to our body’s cells.
- Water removes rejected waste products from our organ’s cells, removing them via urine and feces.
- Water participates in the breakdown of what we eat so that nutrients can then be transported to cells.
- Water helps to regulate our body temperature
- Water ensures well lubricated joints as well as acting as a natural shock absorber for the brain, eyes and spinal cord. Being well hydrated ensures adequate amniotic fluid in pregnancy.
- Upon waking each morning, we should re-hydrate our body with 4-6 ounces of water.
- Drink 4-8 ounces of water every hour
- Ensuring that water is always consumed after meals, because it assists in digestion
- And swishing water in the mouth helps to clear away any food debris around the teeth
- Careful NOT to over hydrate. Daily or at any one time. Hyponatremia causes our body’s minerals to become diluted which is dangerous.
Notice what is going on with your health. Are you chronically dehydrated? Are you chronically constipated? Is the colour or your urine a highly concentrated yellow (it should be pale yellow or nearly clear)? Do you have stomach upset? What is the condition of your skin? Nails? Hair? etc.
Most doctors agree that better hydration, more sleep, regular exercise and better nutrition/ eating habits would eliminate the need for medicine. BUT wait, I have noticed over the years that not all doctors will ask about compliance with these above mentioned obvious factors. The assumption is that we are doing them and so the doctor begins his/her detective work or prescribing medications…it is such shame.
“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”
“If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool.”