Why is water so important to us? For a myriad of reasons!
How much water do you drink everyday? Not coffee, tea or soda – we are talking about water in the purest form. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and even alcoholic beverages do contain water, but they also contain chemicals and additives harmful to your body. These are no substitute for water and they do not hydrate and cleanse your body like pure water. The adult human body is made up of 60-75% water. The brain is made up of about 85% water. Blood, which carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, is about 90% water. You see, water carries life energy – water is your lifeline!
By the time you`re thirsty, you are already dehydrated!
Chronic dehydration manifests itself as sickness and premature aging. An average person needs a minimum of 64 ounces of water per day (at least 8 glasses) in order to function at an optimum level. When the human body is dehydrated, it begins to pull water from its organs and tissues. Lack of energy and constant exhaustion are the results of even mild dehydration. Other results of dehydration include allergies, asthma, colitis, constipation, migraine headache, rheumatoid arthritis, and angina- just to name a few. It is obvious that both the quality and the quantity of your water intake have a significant effect on your physical and mental health. 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.
If you find water boring or too bland, try adding some fresh lemons, limes, fruit, cucumbers or fresh herbs (mint, lemongrass, basil etc) to a pitcher and let it infuse over night. Mix and match and get creative. Any way you can think of to get your minimum water intake is the key.
In addition, dehydration can lead to an acidic environment in our bodies. This is not a good state of affairs for our overall health and wellness. The more acidic we are, the more potential we have to become hosts for bacteria, virus, fungus and even cancer to grow. So drinking water helps our kidneys remove waste and toxins from our bodies, as well.
And, if you want one more reason to drink water, how about our skin?? Water keeps the body well hydrated and improves capillary blood flow, which promotes healthier and younger-looking skin. Water helps replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases the elasticity in your skin.
When the body gets enough water, your skin will feel moisturized and it will look fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Also, water helps prevent and treat soft lines, scars, acne, wrinkles and other aging symptoms.
Drink more water. Make it your goal this week to drink one more glass each day until you work up to your minimum requirement.