Water is essential to life. We can survive for a long time without food, but without water, we will perish in a few days time. If you consider that our bodies consist of about 75% water, you will not find it surprising that we all need regular water intake to simply sustain good health.
The average adult will lose around 4 to 6 pints of fluid from their body on an average day. A lot more can be lost in the form of sweat, on a very hot day or when a person is engaged in strenuous exercise. It is essential that there is a constant restoration of the fluid we need.
Water and Health Go Hand In Hand
The process of water within our bodies is vast and wide ranging. On a very basic level, it flushes out toxins and waste from inside our cells. It helps remove these toxins by excreting them through the skin in the form of sweat, and out through the bladder in the form of urine. Water flushes the kidneys to keep them functioning properly. It keeps the bowel contents moist to prevent constipation.
The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of approximately 55 to75 per cent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.
As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and feces. Water is needed to:
- maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body
- keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels
- help eliminate the by products of the body’s metabolism
- help to flush out toxins
- regulate body temperature through sweating
- lubricate and cushion joints
- carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells
… just to name a few. Drinking refreshing, clean water plays a major role in reducing the risk of certain diseases.
The loss of body water through urination is greatly increased by the ingestion of decaffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These drinks have a diuretic effect, meaning they stimulate the kidneys to excrete more urine. Not only do we lose water, we also lose water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin B (thiamine) and other B complex vitamins. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an additional glass of pure water.
How Much Water A Day?
A healthy lifestyle involves a diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables will supply about four cups of water per day. So how much water do you need a day? Even if you are consuming a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, it is still necessary to drink an additional 6 to 8 cups of water each day to supply enough water to meet the body’s needs. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an additional glass of pure water.
Dehydration occurs when the water content of the body is too low. This is easily fixed by increasing fluid intake. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, lethargy, mood changes and slow responses, dry nasal passages, dry or cracked lips, dark-colored urine, weakness, tiredness, confusion and hallucinations. Eventually urination stops, the kidneys fail and the body can’t remove toxic waste products. In extreme cases, this may result in death.
Approximately six to eight glasses of a variety of fluids can be consumed each day. More than eight glasses may be needed for physically active people, children, people in hot or humid environments, and breastfeeding women.
Less water may be needed for sedentary people, older people, people in a cold environment or people who eat a lot of high water content foods.
The liquid we drink has a huge impact on our good health. We can drink soft drinks and festive cocktails, to quench the thirst.
Drinking has long been a social part of human existence. From having a friend over for a cup of coffee, to the afternoon tea, and the alcoholic beverages we consume. Drinking has been involved in religious ceremonies and rituals since time began.
However, these type of drinks will not satisfy our bodies need for the nutrient rich components in freshly juiced raw foods. Now these type of drinks have the capacity to heal and restore, to soothe and calm, to invigorate and stimulate.
Pure, clean water is getting harder to find. Most people are not lucky enough to have it “on tap”. There is a wide range of water filters available that will remove toxic material from water.
There are others that will imbibe the water with special frequencies and healing vibrations.
Water filter quality can range from almost useless to being able to totally transform water into a healing drink on it’s own. I have a section on water filters coming soon, to help you choose if you are looking to purchase one.
However, I also highly recommend you consider adding a regular drink of healthful juice to your daily regimen. You will see over time that your good health flourishes; your skin starts to glow, your energy level increases and absolutely everything inside of your body just starts to function better.
Visit the juicing information pages here on my site, along with the suggestions on the different juicers there are available to choose from. Like water filters – vegetable juicers range hugely in both costs and quality of the end product. Having bought and used a few different juicers myself, I will be including my own experiences and recommendations with some of them.
In the meantime… just remember to make sure you get a good daily allowance of pure water, because as I said at the start – water and health go hand in hand.
- Introduction to Herbal Healing
- Health Essentials
- All About Herbs
- The Healing Crisis
- Laughter The Best Medicine
- Juice Fasting
- Raw Food Healing