Posted by: godswaytohealth | June 6, 2012

THE IMPORTANCE OF PURE DRINKING WATER

Pure drinking water is a fundamental part of goof health. It ranks only second to oxygen as essential for life. 

Did you know that you can survive for thirty days without food but no more than three days without drinking water? In fact, 70% of your body is made up of water and without it you would be poisoned to death by your own waste products. 

Drinking water aids digestion and absorption of food, regulates body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and removes toxins and other wastes. The body’s water also cushions joints and protects tissues and organs including the spinal cord from shock. Conversely a lack of drinking water or dehydration can be the cause of many ailments.  

Some of the short-term effects of dehydration include:

  • Stomach Pain
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Low energy
  • Dry mouth

Some of the long term effects of dehydration are:

  • Weight Gain – a lack of water intake makes it difficult for the body to remove waste and toxins from the body. As a result the body needs to store the waste and toxins and does so through the fat cells of your body.
  • Stress and Depression – The brain is made up of 85% water. When dehydrated or deprived of even a small amount of its fluid requirements, thought processes and emotional stability are the first to be affected. Furthermore, initial stress or depression often leads people to indulge in alcohol, tranquilizers, cigarettes and other drugs that increase dehydration, thus increasing stress and depression.
  • Kidney stones, urinary tract infections – Kidneys are used to removes wastes and toxins such as urea, uric acid and lactic acid, all of which must be dissolved in water. Where an insufficient intake of drinking water to break down these wastes occurs, the waste becomes more concentrated causing urinary infections and over a long period of time causes kidney stones to form.
  • Asthma Attacks – histamine is released into the body when dehydrated causing the body to close down its airways, as a defense mechanism.

What are the benefits of drinking a sufficient amount of water?

  • Improves concentration
  • Maintains healthy skin condition
  • Flushes toxic waste from your system
  • Aids weight loss
  • Prevents fatigue and headaches
  • Protects against colds and flu

Doctors recommend 8 glasses of good water per day.

How much water does the body need to be hydrated?
The average adult body needs about 2.5 liters of water per day to match the amount of fluid it will lose. If it is a hot day or the body is exerted through prolonged exercise, it will require an increase in water consumption.

As a rule of thumb, you should drink a half ounce of water for every pound of body weight, unless you’re very active, in which case you should increase your water intake to two-thirds an ounce per pound of body weight daily.     

Thus, if you weigh 128 lbs., you need to take 64 oz. of water, or 8 glasses of water.  

8 oz = 1 regular glass of water 

32 oz = one quart (4 glasses of water) 

128 oz = one gallon (16 glasses of water)

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