You hear it everywhere: Drink more water (H2O)-- it's good for you. But do you know why? Good quality H2O is a great elixir. our bodies can survive months or more without food but can only survive a very short time - days - without H2O. It assists our bodies in purification and working to its optimum performance.
According to Dr. Yang H. Oh, P.h.D., “The hexagonal structure of water is the one that promotes health and increases longevity.” We now understand that the H2O in our bodies must be structured to be able to carry sufficient and correct information to the cells for proper health, and smaller, organized clusters of these structures, seems to be preferable to large clusters for optimum health.
Over half of your body is made up of H2O. It's in every cell and
every tissue. Biological processes like circulation, digestion,
absorption and excretion depend on nature's liquid. It forms the
foundation of blood and lymph, maintains hearty muscles and
young-looking skin, lubricates joints and organs and regulates body
temperature. You just cannot function without it.
As you grow
older, it becomes vital to pay attention to your H2O consumption. Mature
persons hold less cellular water, with a loss of 10 to 15 percent of
previous capacity by the age of 65. A contributing factor is the loss of
thirst sensitivity. Because H2O is so important for digestion, a lack
of fluid in your body might make it more difficult for you to digest
food. You may suffer from cramps, bloating, gas, constipation,
diverticulosis or even colon cancer. Drinking more H2O, combined with a
high-fiber diet, can prevent these problems.
To combat this loss of fluids, the answer is simple. Drink more water. Six to ten glasses of pure H2O each day are necessary to enhance your body's functioning. Beyond helping your digestive system, getting enough fluids will give you fresh skin, clear eyes and shining hair. Signs of hunger may be a warning flag that your body is need of a good drink. Try consuming several glasses of H2O before diving into a snack to see if that takes care of your craving. Because fruits are largely made up of H2O, they are perfect choices for a mid-afternoon treat.
What else can I drink? Is it possible to drink too much?
H2O makes up 80 percent of your blood and brain -- and about 50 percent
of the rest of your body's tissues, it is vitally important to your
You can estimate how much you need by dividing your weight by two…the result is approximately the amount of H2O you should drink each day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, your body requires 75 ounces. For every 6 ounces of caffeine or alcohol consumed, this requires you to drink an additional 10 to 12 oz. of H2O to re-hydrate you.
Water regulates the body temperature and aids the liver and kidneys in processing body toxins. It is necessary for nutrient and oxygen transport in your body, and for absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals. If you don't drink enough, you can become constipated, dehydrated and very, very ill!
When you're exercising, make sure you drink before, during and after your activity. Although you do get H2O from foods and other fluids, we recommend drinking half your weight in ounces (150 pounds = 75 ounces).
Since many people find it difficult to consume that much, they should drink fluids that are mostly H2O, such as hot or iced caffeine-free (not decaffeinated) teas, mineral or sparkling water mixed with a little fruit juice or a little lemon. Sorry, sodas and coffee don’t count, and the caffeine in them actually promotes dehydration.
It's difficult to drink too much, although it is possible! Drinking too much, or “overhydration,” usually only occurs in an adult whose heart, kidneys and pituitary glands are not functioning normally. A normal person would have to drink more than two gallons in one day to develop “overhydration!”
Human Health – Next to oxygen, H2O is considered to be the human body’s most important nutrient.
Unless you constantly replenish your body's fluid supply, your cells start to draw H2O from your bloodstream. As a result your blood gets sludgy, your heart works harder, and your body starts to redirect blood away from less vital areas. It will pull H2O from your muscles and leave your muscles stiff.
And don't forget to replace fluids used up during exercise. If you're planning a winter vacation in the sun, remember that a walk on a warm day will increase your fluid requirement. Playing tennis for an hour could require anywhere from two to 10 extra glasses of liquids!
Water is vital for body temperature regulation; therefore fluid replacement is vital. During summer when the temperature increases, your body requires even more fluid to maintain it's normal body temperature. Even when there is zero intake of H2O there are always unavoidable losses.
The following are just some of the things H2O does in the body:
Here are just a few you can experience...
As you can see the health benefits from proper hydration are extensive.
On the other hand symptoms of dehydration can have a serious negative impact on your health.
If you only drink H2O when you are thirsty, you probably aren't drinking enough. That’s because our thirst mechanisms aren't usually a good indicator of when we need H2O. When you become thirsty, chances are you’re already dehydrated.
Research is confirming that water is not simply H2O – no matter how pure. The structure of water is being linked with enzyme activity, DNA function, cellular communication, and numerous other biological processes.
The battle to properly hydrate cells must be considered as the first line of defense to your health and feeling of well being.
H20 can be one of the easiest, least expensive and cheapest natural cures.
The bottom line is that H2O is everywhere, and it is the best friend a dieter can have. If you want to lose weight and/or get healthier, you simply must escape the H2O torture mentality and learn to embrace a healthy water-drinking lifestyle.