Health and Fitness
Water is one of the most important elements for life. Biologically speaking, it is the most natural element, and there is no instance where life has not needed water in one form or another. In fact, the human body is composed largely of water, albeit in very varying amounts.
The average adult human needs roughly 2.5 liters (about 4 cups) of water daily while in good health. In fact, doctors recommend drinking at least 5 liters (about 8 cups) of water every day. Part of the reason why our bodies require water is because it is an essential part of the digestion process and of the transportation of wastes throughout the body. Another reason why we need to drink water is that it helps lubricate the joints and organs, and remove the toxic waste form the intestines.
Now that we know how important water is to our health, let us look at the problems that can arise from not drinking enough water. The most common of these issues is the onset of dehydration. Dehydration is a problem when the body does not have enough water and minerals to function.
In everyday life, our bodies lose minerals and vitamins through sweat, saliva and other secretions while doing various activities. Even the weight of clothing we wear can cause pressure on our bodies causing excess fluid loss. While it is not always easy to determine by knowing these things, you should always take a look at how much liquid you are drinking on a daily basis. You should also monitor what kinds of activities cause you to sweat because these types of activities are the ones that usually cause us to lose more water and minerals through sweat.
In addition to breaking down and being eliminated by sweating, water also has a purpose of ensuring that the body has the correct pH levels. Human bodies are alkaline by design, but can become acidic as a result of too much stress, diet, and not enough water. When pH is too high, toxins begin to form and our bodies become an experiment in trying to maintain the correct pH level. Skin becomes dry and damaged, veins begin to show signs of edema, and the body will attempt to eliminate some of the excess fluids by sweating.
Without an ample supply of water, the body will proactively seek ways to eliminate the excess fluids (toxins and otherSepsisand diseases) that it creates.
Leafy greensare an excellent source of water. Trying to get some exercise or rest in the evening will help add some liquid intake. It is also a good idea to drink water right before you go to bed.
Drinking water or any other type of fluid can be an awesome help to your body in many ways. When we are faced with a Lack of water, sometimes we do not even realize how much liquid we are actually drinking. We just think that we are getting dehydrated and take a sip or two to maintain our hydration. Add to that the choices of other liquids that we take throughout our day and it is easy to realize that we need to drink more than just those few sips that we choose throughout our day.
Some of us may be guilty of some of the abovementioned behaviors and not make the effort to include a little bit more water throughout our day. In our fast paced society, we are always on the go and do not have time to be mindful of our bodies and how much liquid we are really drinking. Even with the best will in the world, it is easy to forget our bodies ask for water.
Imagine all of the exercise we get during a normal day, how much would be enough? Apart from the sweat, we are also prone to “overdrinking”. What happens is our body slowly loses its capability to assimilate the little amount of liquid we intake and the process begins. This slowly leads to our body becoming addicted to the liquid and most of the time it is our body failing to send signals to tell us that it needs water. At that point, we are drinking more and more, and even though we feel thirsty, we are not really drinking enough. This is true for all of us, no matter how fit or how active we may be. Just having one glass of wine every now and then may not be enough and certainly not enough to maintain a healthy life.
Life is like an old car; it just keeps breaking down because you feed it a little bit of gas per three hours. You don’t really need three hours worth of groceries every day, just enough to get the essential oil, particularly during the summer, when we spend a lot of hours indoors. Just adding a few drops of water to our daily diet is all it takes to keep everything running smoothly.
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