Your Most Vital Nutrient
Water and Human Health
Water is so vital to human health, yet it is often the forgotten nutrient. The human body is over 60% water, yet most of us are not being replenished each day with the recommended minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses. It is
recommended we drink ½ our body weight
in ounces of pure water each day.
Water is fundamental to well being, so why aren’t we drinking more? Sometimes we just don’t know. Or we do know but find excuses to drink other beverages. With devastating health consequences we have become a nation of pop (sugar water) and coffee drinkers.
Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
We consume countless empty calories trying to fill a void that could easily be fulfilled if we only knew that we needed water.
The human brain is approximately 75% water. Recent research indicates that the brain if not sufficiently hydrated cannot communicate with other parts of the body, specifically the nervous system, which may contribute to disorders such as depression, anxiety, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder.
The quality of your water is equally important as is the quantity you consume each day.
Water that is laced with harmful contaminants (through treatment with chlorine or other harsh chemicals such as fluoride) or heavy metals, negatively affects virtually every aspect of our health.
Water is critical for a healthy body and clear mind to perform their best. But, are you drinking enough? The Hydration Calculator figures out how many glasses of water you need each day. Put in your weight, activity level, climate, and exercise. Thanks to the Army National Guard.
Considering most people drink soda or coffee, the majority of us are walking around dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include lightheadedness, dry mouth or eyes, fatigue, headache, diminished exercise performance, and urine that are a deep shade of yellow to brown.
Water has many functions in the human body; it lubricates the joints (if your joints ache, try drinking more water) regulates body temperature, helps eliminate wastes, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, keeps skin soft and supple and helps maintain energy levels to name a few.
If you’re not drinking enough water you’re guaranteed to operate at less-than-peak efficiency. By afternoon you may feel fatigued or have a headache. Whatever you’re doing, if you haven’t had enough water, your performance won’t be as good.
A study conducted at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that women who drank more than 5 glasses per day decreased their risk of colon cancer by 45%. Other studies show breast cancer is reduced by 79%. Researchers believe that water dilutes carcinogens and helps to remove them from the body, so they do not get reabsorbed into the body and cause changes in cells that could lead to cancer.
The human body is more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water.
A human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only a week or so without drinking water.
Water so vital and needed for every function in your body, is a precious gift. Pure water is vital to your health; your well-being and your quality of life are depending on it.
For further information about the quality of water and why filtering your water is crucial to your good health and wellness freedom see our article Poisonous Truth.
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10 Tips to Drinking More Water
1. Determine your water quota by figuring half your body weight in ounces. For example a 120 lb. person would need a minimum of 60 ounces or 7.6 cups of water for maintenance.
2. Make your water taste good by filtering it with a filter that is appropriate for your water. By all means DO NOT drink tap water! See recipe below for infusing your water with healthy foods like lemon, cucumber, fruits and mint for a delicious flavor. Infusers are available in Eden's Health & Wellness Store powered by Amazon.
3. First thing in the morning drink 8 ounces of water. Make it a morning habit.
4. When you’re at home drink out of a nice glass.
5. Keep a glass of water nearby at all times. Drink whenever you feel hungry (between meals). This is a great diet aid as it helps prevent overeating. We often mistake thirst for hunger.
6. Buy a nice water bottle. Take it with you wherever you go.
7. After each trip to the restroom drink 8 ounces of water to replenish your system.
8. Give yourself reminders so you will be consciously aware of drinking water. Affirm you love yourself by putting notes here and there, especially on the bathroom mirror. i.e. I Love You! Drink more water!
9. During your work day drink 8 ounces every hour on the hour.
10. Put a reminder app on your phone.
What's in your Water
Find out what's in your tap water by putting your zip code into the Environmental Working Group’s National Drinking Water Database. You’ll get a list of its contaminants and recommended filters.
Note: Water requirements vary depending upon your health, exercise regimen, climate, and other factors (such as pregnancy). Consult your health practitioner for advice.
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We offer these tools only as suggestions. We are not here to advocate any specific diet or religious or spiritual philosophy. In our experience we have found that when the student is ready, the teacher will come.
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