By Lisa Shaker-Knopp (LowFatLowCarb.com)
Our body is made of about 60-70% water, and we are constantly losing it from sweat and urination. You should be drinking at least 2 liters of water a day. The most common signs of dehydration are headaches and fatigue. Our bodies prioritize when water is limited, so areas and organs low on the list just lose out.
Water is the only source of hydration. Do not confuse all liquids with the hydrating ability of water. Soda, coffee, tea, and alcohol actually cause you to be more dehydrated. We need to drink more water, especially during weight loss. Elimination of toxins is super important for wellness.
One of the most important organs that requires flushing is the colon. The colon can become backed up and cause many health issues, especially if it is dried out from lack of water. We need to keep the river flowing; after all, a river without water is not a river, right? Don’t forget, 75% of our immune system is in our intestines. So, keeping it cleaned out is a big priority.
When we don’t drink enough water we can cause many health problems; including acidosis. Acidosis is an overly acidic state in the body, caused by an acidic diet and lifestyle. Cooked meats, poultry, sugar, pasteurized dairy, coffee, sweeteners, and alcohol are all acidic. There needs to be a balance to combat the acid in our bodies. All the food we crave is acid forming and over acidification of body fluids is linked to almost EVERY KNOWN DISEASE. Some examples are Diabetes, Heart Diseases, Heartburn, Chronic Fatigue, just to name a few. We need to fight the acidity.
There are many health benefits to drinking water including weight loss, better skin complexion, flushing the toxins, improving energy, reducing headaches and many other reasons. Make sure you find a way to get your daily intake!