Did you know that water regulates every function in your body? Every part of your body needs water; without it your cells dry up and wither.
When you don’t drink enough water, you get dehydrated. Some symptoms might include a burning sensation while urinating, afternoon fatigue, dry skin, constipation, headache, stiff joints, varicose veins, kidney stones, and the list goes on. Every part of your body contains water, even your teeth are composed of 10% water.
So, what type of water does your body need? Pure water. It’s really as simple as that.
So what is pure water, you ask. Water that is composed of only hydrogen and oxygen, completely free of chemicals and inorganic minerals.
Inorganic minerals are minerals that are made in a lab that can’t be used (at least not in a healthy way) by your body, but could possibly cause harm.
One of the best sources for pure water are fresh, organic vegetables and fruits and the juice that comes from them because they have broken down all the minerals for you so that your body can use them.
Another excellent source that I highly recommend is steam distilled water because it is high energy, 100% pure water that most closely resembles rain water. Rain water would be great if you could find some that came down through unpolluted, clean air.
Any water is better than no water. So if you aren’t currently drinking enough water, go ahead and drink up whatever you have available to you. But if you are able to be a little picky then go for distilled or reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis water is 99% pure, it still has just a little dissolved minerals left in it.
Water helps with your equilibrium, regulates your body temperature, lubricates your tissues, flushes wastes and toxins out of your body, moisturizes your skin, lubricates your joints and muscles, and more.
Here are a few interesting tidbits for you. If your body is only 2% dehydrated, then your performance could suffer by as much as 20%. At 4% dehydration, you could experience dizzy spells and your muscle endurance declines. When you hit 5%, you might get a headache, start to get sleeply, lose your concentration and become impatient. Your body temperature regulation doesn’t work properly at 6% water loss and your heart begins to race. Collapse can occur at only 7% water depletion.
Salty food and caffeinated drinks create a burden on your kidneys that require more water. Any liquid will not do, you need water!
Try to avoid chlorinated, fluoridated water that comes from most taps if you can. But like I said before, if that’s all you have available to you then drinking it is better than not drinking any water at all.
So how much water do you need? Half your body weight in ounces per day is a good rule.
For example if you weigh 150 lbs, then you need to drink 75 oz of water every day. Tea, lemonade, soda, sports drinks, and even herbal teas don’t count as part of that 75 oz of water you need. As a matter of fact, in this example if you drink an 8 oz caffeinated drink such as coffee with your breakfast, then you need to drink 8 oz of water just to get back to zero, it doesn’t count towards the 75 oz that you need that day.
And if you exercise, you should drink 16-20 oz two hours before and another 8 oz 15-30 minutes just before you start. While exercising, 4-6 oz every 20 minutes and then about one quart after you’re done to replenish what you sweated out.
For your best health, next to good clean air you can’t beat good clean water. Every function and cell in your body needs it.