The Elixer of Life
Ahh...water, the elixir of life! There is nothing better than a glass of refreshing, ice-cold water on a hot summer’s day. Water is pivotal to all life on our planet. Without it, 72 hours is all it would take to seriously threaten our survival. Water has the ability to flush our bodies of waste materials, as well as rehydrate every cell.
Our bodies are made up of a large amount of water. Our blood is 82% water, our brain is 95% water and our lungs are 90% water. Signs of dehydration can occur with a mere 2% decrease in our body’s water supply, and it is estimated that chronic (long-term) mild dehydration exists in 75% of Americans. Australian statistics are probably similar or maybe even worse, considering our hot climate.
Here are a few reasons why we need to drink enough water:
Our digestive processes require water to function properly. It acts as a lubricant within saliva to help food pass easily down the oesophagus into the stomach.
Joints and cartilages need water for lubrication and fluid movement. If we are dehydrated, our joints will not receive enough water, which will cause more friction, possibly leading to arthritic conditions, as well as injuries.
The temperature of our bodies is also regulated by water through the process of sweating and evaporation. Blood circulation helps with body temperature regulation, and blood plasma is 92% water.
Oxygen and nutrients are transported throughout the body via the bloodstream. In the digestive process, nutrients are extracted from the food we eat and broken down into water-soluble particles, which can then be transported to, and absorbed into the cells to provide nourishment.
The daily functioning of the body creates waste products which need to be removed in order to keep the body functioning in a healthy way. Water is critical to the removal of wastes and toxins. It flushes wastes away through the urinary system, through perspiration, and through bowel movements. If the body is dehydrated, these systems cannot function properly, resulting in the build-up of waste matter, leading to constipation, headaches, bad breath, and toxicity, all symptoms of ill-health.
Water has the ability to help rid the body of many different conditions. See http://www.watercure.com/index.html This website will open your eyes to the work of medical doctor, Dr F Batmanghelidj, who was a prisoner of war during the Iranian Revolution in 1979. He discovered how to cure the inmates of the prison using nothing but water. H e has also written a book called “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”. I encourage you to read it.
It’s easy to see why we need to make sure we drink enough water every day, but how much is enough and when should we drink it?
Firstly, we should never drink water during a meal. It weakens the digestive juices in the stomach, leading to poor breakdown of food. For optimum benefit, drink water no closer than 15 minutes before eating and no sooner than 2 hours after a meal. This allows time for the food to be digested completely.
Don’t wait until you feel thirsty until you drink. By the time you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink regularly throughout the day to stay hydrated. Carry your water bottle with you everywhere you go to remind you to have a drink.