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.
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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.
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.