We all know that water is important but what if I told you that it was one of the single most important things we can do to prolong our life and can eliminate more disease than any medication could ever dream of? Do you think it’s an ironic coincidence that 70% of the Earth’s surface is composed of water which happens to be almost the exact same percentage our body contains? Are you aware that our bodies lose an average of 2.5 liters of water every day which can be magnified depending on our exercise level and how much we sweat? What if I also told you that one of the last outward signs of dehydration is actually being thirsty?
These are astonishing facts that if taken seriously, and combined with a desire to live a healthier lifestyle, you will understand that it begins with WATER. Perhaps the best indicator of whether or not a person is dehydrated is to take a look when you urinate. If you are severely dehydrated your urine will be a golden brown color. If you are somewhat dehydrated it will be a light yellow. A properly hydrated body produces colorless urine.
Dehydration is linked to many symptoms and disease processes. This includes fatigue, decreased coordination, stress, headaches, back pain, weight gain, asthma, high blood pressure, constipation and even Alzheimer’s, to name a few.
Why is water so important? Water’s primary role is to carry the necessary nutrients via the blood stream to allow the body to bring oxygen to the cells, maintain body temperature and is critical in the repair of body tissue. The body is so sensitive to hydration that if we lost more than 10% of our body’s water we would die!
It is also important to know that every time we drink coffee, tea, and various sodas we become further dehydrated because these are all diuretics. Therefore these are not good forms of hydration.
How much water is enough? It is now estimated that the average person should drink 1/2 their body weight in ounces of water every day. In other words, if you weigh 160 pounds you should drink 80 ounces of water DAILY. If you are exercising regularly and or drink coffee, teas and sodas then you need to consume even more.
I can not speak highly enough regarding the importance of your health in relation to your hydration level. If you truly want to regain your health and optimize your body’s efficiency level I strongly encourage you to start with proper hydration. I have been a practicing Chiropractor for 15 years now and I believe hydration is one of the top 3 most important things to do to feel better and suffer from less aches and pains.
Start drinking water TODAY!