Have you ever noticed that the simple things in life are often the most important?
Water is a prime example. Next to air, water is the second most vital element on earth and is necessary for life. Our bodies will begin to fail after just three days without water.
In an ordinary day (with low activity and heat) we can lose up to two litres of water through sweating, digestion and other normal bodily functions. That is why you need to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Water is a catalyst (or trigger) to every chemical reaction in your body. You cannot function without it. So, it is no wonder that we are so thirsty!
A lack of pure, natural water can leave you feeling tired, cause dry skin, poor digestion and muscle pain and cramps. This eventually will be a contributing factor to long term medical conditions like arthritis, stomach ulcers and poor immunity. How does a chronic lack of water cause health issues? We can be dehydrated without knowing it, and when we are, our body being very intelligent will prioritize where our water is used. It will ensure that our vital organs for survival such as the brain, heart and lungs get all the fluid they need to function optimally while our less vital structures such as skin, joints, muscles and the digestive system will be by-passed. If this occurs over long periods of time, it is known as chronic dehydration and as you can imagine this can have long term harmful effects on our bodily functions and result in diseases.
Here are the facts about water:
- The human body is made up of up to 70% water.
- Water is the main source of energy for your body.
- It generates the tension that keeps every cell of your body together and functioning correctly.
- It prevents damage to your DNA promoting a healthy genetic makeup.
- It is the method by which food, vitamins and minerals are transported around your body.
There is no substitute for water – soft drinks, sports drinks, bottled juices and especially tea, coffee and alcohol do not hydrate the body but rather cause a loss of bodily fluid. Processed and packaged food also all lack one thing – WATER! Most of these foods use your water reserves rather than build them up. So, the question needs to be asked, are you drinking enough pure natural fluid? Could your body do with being rehydrated to improve your health?
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