The Water Factor
Yes! You Say… I Know About Water! I drink lots of beverages through the day.
We have all heard about the importance of water, but still 70% of the population will drink less than half of the daily-recommended amounts required to keep our bodies at optimum performance. This info sheet will help restore your awareness of WHY proper hydration is “absolutely essential” to your overall health.
First, what is hydrate? It is important to understand what it means. The Oxford Dictionary definition is: ‘v. to provide water for somebody or something in order to re-establish or maintain a correct fluid balance; to cause to absorb or combine with water’. In the case of our body’s water factor – “hydration” is the level of water providing functioning fluid balance in the body at any given time.
Our bodies are made up of 70-80% water, so you can now start to appreciate the need to keep up a regular daily intake of this vital fluid. Water is critical to every aspect of body’s ability to function. It is as necessary to our bodies as the air we breathe and the food we eat.
Your body’s Water Factor level should be a placed as a primary consideration in your daily health regimen. Water…
- carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells through the blood,
- helps cool the body through perspiration,
- helps to balance blood pressure,
- balances acidity composition levels,
- is the base for all chemical reactions,
- helps the body to digest foods and excrete wastes,
- is necessary for metabolism causing conversion of food into energy and lean tissue
- improves hormone function and balance
- helps with collagen levels in skin rejuvenation
The kidneys can only remove wastes, such as uric acid and urea, efficiently with the assistance of water. A constant imbalance in fluid will frequently cause a build up of these wastes, which can form kidney stones. Dehydration is also a major factor in constipation.
Water is the foundation for our body’s lubricants. These fluids keep the body functioning smoothly as in cushioning the joints and internal organs, keeping tissues such as the eyes and air passages moist to provide the optimum oxygen intake and excretion of carbon dioxide. It is essential for cellular regeneration.
Water is a key component of weight management. People trying to lose weight must maintain a healthy water intake or the body cannot metabolise fat or eliminate toxins adequately. Poor water intake can be a major cause of cellulite.
Our body can survive for a few weeks with a loss of 50% of its fat, 50% of its glucose and 50% of its protein. But a loss of 2% of its water will result in a 22% deterioration in total body functions. A 10% loss will cause severe body disorders in just a few days. Persons with chronic illnesses are even more susceptible in a shorter period of time. Very few people can survive without water longer than 7 seven days and those that do will generally have life long health problems associated directly to fluid imbalance.
Think of your body as Rolls Royce Engine… Without regular top ups of performance petrol, lubricants, water and oil – you aren’t going too far, too fast or too smoothly.
Once you start to feel thirsty you have already begun to lose a significant amount of fluid. Should this level continue to decrease YOU WILL experience a decline in physical and mental performance due to a decrease in blood volume. The short term effects of “dehydration” are:
- reduced ability to think clearly and quickly,
- reduced motor function,
- mood changes.
The long term effects can be a lot more serious including kidney dysfunction and even death.
- 85% of our brain is water… a fluid imbalance will cause scattered thought processes, sensory and emotional instability and any number of stress responses from the body
- 75% of our muscles, 22% of our bones, and 80% of our blood is water
- 83% of each kidney is water… our kidneys filter the wastes from our blood. They recycle 10,000 litres of water every two (2) weeks!!
- A 5% drop in body fluids will cause a 30% loss of energy in the average person
- All the symptoms of aging are accompanied by a slow dehydration of our vital tissues associated with free radical oxidative damage
- Nothing hydrates like water
- Drinking extra water will help reduce fluid retention
- Water helps maintain muscle tone
- Water is essential to weight loss and weight management
- An overweight person actually requires more water than a thin person
There are important differences between water and the other beverages we have been raised on. For example, fruit juice, tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol do contain some water but they also contain substances that are contra-indicated for good health. Soft drinks contain preservatives, acids, sodium and sugar, caffeine beverages (in large quantities) can over-stimulate the adrenal glands, fruit juices contain a lot of sugar that can over-stimulate the pancreas and inhibit fluid absorption. If you have lots of ‘alternative fluids’ then you should insure they provide nutrient value – NOT sugar values.
THe Most Important Nutrient For Your Body Is Water, And You Have To
Drink It Consistantly.
Water is the only liquid readily absorbed by the body; the only liquid to invigorate the internal organs and help fight illness and disease. Every time you choose other beverages over water, you are adding toxins and generally short changing your body. However, you can reduce the toxins and subsequent dehydration of these other liquids by matching each drink – glass for glass with water.
Our body’s performance, tissue growth quality, and our resistance to disease depends upon the quality and quantity of the water we drink. Water penetrates every cell in every part of our body, EXCEPT FAT CELLS. Refer to the chart below for your recommended daily water intake:
|Weight in Kgs:||45||57||68||80||90||102||114|
|300 ml Glasses
Avg Physical Activity
|300 ml Glasses
High Activity Level
Start Gradually And Consistently Build Your Intake
The More Water You Drink – The More Water You Will Crave!!!!!
Other ways to stay hydrated, soups, broths, no added sugar drinks, decaf tea and coffees (hot or cold)
The above recommendations are a guide only. Not everyone needs 8 glasses as a general rule. Most foods have a water content of at least 40% or more. Even toast is 60% water!
Hydrate with potassium, sodium and magnesium drinks. Avoid high energy drinks – full of caffeine and sugars. Watch the amount of “sports rehydrators; Most bottles have 3 or more servings. You can get too much of a good thing. When sweating, drink often use rehydrators like hydrolyte or gastrolyte. The body will respond faster. With activities… etc.
Keep hydrated when shopping, walking and driving long periods. Use cool cloths to keep temps down. Going out for an evening… doing lots of celebration with alcohol. Drink water before you go out, and enjoy water between every alcoholic beverage and when you get home… drink two glasses before bed.