Drink Plenty of Water

    "Why drinking plenty of water is essential if you want to age well"

    by Mirella Levin

    Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia. - Napoleon Bonapart

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    Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. .

    Water or H2O is essential for our survival. Our bodies are on average 70% H2O. The volume in our bodies is controlled by a process known as osmoregulation which regulates how much is absorbed from food or the volume excreted from the body. We gain liquid by drinking and, when we exhale during respiration, H2O is produced along with carbon dioxide. This element fuels every part of our bodies from tissues to organs. It is important that throughout the day we drink enough liquid so we can maintain a healthy body.

    Not drinking enough can lead to serious health problems. A loss of 5% can lead to unconsciousness and a loss of 10% of the body’s fluid can be fatal. This is why it is so important to drink lots of fluid on a daily basis. It is recommended that we drink at least 2 to 3 liters every day. The average person will lose approximately 2.5 liters daily. It is important that we replace every ounce that we lose throughout the day.

    The Fountain of Youth

    We can increase our intake of liquid intake by eating foods that contain lots of HO2. Foods such as tomatoes, lettuce, watermelon (and any other kind of melon), cucumbers, peaches etc all contain a large quantitiy. Eating foods that contain a high percentage of H2O can also reduce hunger and help you lose weight.

    Water transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.

    (Source: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_7_35/ai_n611672)

    Did You Know?

    • Even mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
    • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of H2O a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
    • A mere 2% drop in body fluid can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, and trouble with basic math.
    • Drinking 5 glasses daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and bladder cancer by 50%.
    • At birth, this element accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.
    • Pure H2O has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
    • The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons per day.
    • By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total amount of H2O.

    (Source: Statistics from http://www.watershed.net and http://www.allaboutwater.org)

    Read all about the 20 Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

    A Word of Caution

    Caution:Drinking large amounts of fluid in a short period of time can lead to intoxication. This is when the amount consumed dilutes the sodium levels in the blood. This results in an imbalance of liquid in the brain.

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