Wednesday, April 14, 2010

10 Reasons For Drinking Water You May Not Have Thought Of

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Everywhere you look - there is advertising and/or information on the necessity to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Is this true? I tend to jump on the bandwagon that claims that 8 glasses of pure water a day is the minimum you should be drinking. Any pop, coffee, tea, fruit juices, vegetable juices, etc. are in addition to, not instead of, the water you drink.

However, there are many people who say that 8 glasses may not be necessary for many people. There are even dieticians, nutritionists and medical professionals who claim that drinking the 8 glasses is not necessary as most of the pure water you require is contained in the fruits and vegetables people eat.

Some people may not require the 8 glasses of pure water a day; but, they are in the minority. There is lots of moisture in fruits and vegetables; but, a lot of the water is cooked out of the vegetables. Check it out. Put some veggies in a pan, turn on the heat and watch. Within a minute or so, you will see liquid on the bottom of the pan that could only have come from the veggies. This, then, turns to steam which literally cooks your veg in its own moisture.

Fruit is a better source as we tend to eat fruit raw and many of them are naturally juicy - apples, peaches, watermelons, cantelope...

Researchers estimate that half of the world’s population is chronically dehydrated. And in America, that level is even higher at 75% of the population. Inexcusable! We live in a water-rich country, North America; and, there is absolutely no reason why every man, woman and child should not have access to clean, drinking water.

1. Your blood is over 80% water and needs water to make healthy new blood cells.

2. Your bones are over 50% water and need water to make healthy new bone cells.

3. Drinking more water actually helps lessen pain in your body by getting your lymphatic system moving. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes, tubes, vessels, and fluid that move waste out of your tissues. It requires water to function properly.

4. Water helps to eliminate wastes and toxins from your body through the lymphatic system, kidneys, and intestines.

5. Water lubricates your joints, helps reduce joint pain; and, protects against wear and tear.

6. Water regulates your metabolism; so, if you’re overweight chances are you may need more water.

7. Water balances body temperature.

8. Water helps to ensure adequate electrical functioning so your brain and nervous system function properly. Your brain and nervous system send out electrical signals to function properly. Researchers estimate that your brain gives off about the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb. So, there’s some truth to the image of a light bulb going on when someone has a good idea.

9. Water alleviates dehydration.

10. Every cell and organ in your body requires adequate water to function properly.

So, one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your health is to start drinking more pure water every day. Be sure to drink water an empty stomach or you’ll simply be diluting your digestive enzymes and making your digestion less effective.


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