It is well known the fact that without water we die. Unfortunately, not everybody knows that a proper consumption of water can improve our lifestyle. Next to oxygen, water is by far the next most important necessity for the continuous life of mankind. It’s the best thing Mother Nature can offer to us. It fuels our body by interacting with other body parts like the kidneys in cleansing our body system.
Did you know that the human brain contains 85% water? When the brain needs water takes what it needs from other parts of your body in order to survive. This means that other parts of the body which also need water start having problems.
Did you know that water flow controls the temperature of your body? When your body gets too hot, it sweats, releasing water which cools your body. When you do not drink enough water your body loses its ability to cool itself off when necessary.
Did you know that water helps clean the stomach and helps digestion? Anything added to the water you drink, even such things as lemon juice, tea or coffee will cause the stomach muscle to close. The stomach walls then release enzymes along with other gastric juices so that they can break down what has been added to the water.
Did you know that drinking water between your meals helps to flush your stomach of the small, trapped pieces of food?
Did you know that water helps clean the small intestine? It's like after eating a meal you wash your dishes and rinse them.
Did you know that constipation is a symptom of dehydration? In order to maintain the proper water balance in your body, water is moved in and out of the large intestine. If your body is short of water you may get constipated. Friendly bacteria helps the water move into the waste in the large intestine to soften it so you don't have to strain. When you do not drink enough water, your food moves slowly through your intestines. You may become constipated and the toxins remaining in your large intestine may be absorbed back into your bloodstream.
Did you know that your body cannot allow any fluid to be lost if it's dehydrated? It will draw the fluids it needs from your large intestine. Remember, the brain functionality, the brain controls where the water goes and the intestines are not on the highest priority list. However, now your intestines are becoming a self-poisoning cesspool of fecal matter and hemorrhoids will just be a little problem to a more serious condition inside your body.
Did you know that water helps you to maintain your weight control and lose weight? One glass of water before meal cut the appetite. Water is filler. Do this before each meal and you will see the weight drop. If you feel like snacking have a glass of water instead. Water doesn’t have any traces of calories, it is considered as the best source of nutrients for our body.
Did you know that each day our body needs to replenish at least 2.3 liters of water? Water is universally important, both to human beings and the environment as well.
I hope that now you are aware about the importance of water for a healthy lifestyle.
Has it occurred to you today that you are thirsty? Guess what – by the time you experience the sensation of the thirst, you are already dehydrated. That thirst is your body calling for re-hydration.
Your body is composed of roughly 60% water. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days constantly dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.
So, really, what does this mean? Why should we drink more water?
How much are you supposed to drink to reduce your stone risk?
When visiting with the doctor, patients are told to go home and start drinking a gallon of water a day. If you don’t drink more than a couple of glasses per day now, how are you supposed to drink a gallon tomorrow? Drinking more water is a simple way to reduce your stone risk, but simple does not mean easy. Most of you find this task extremely hard. I tell everyone to start out slowly. If you drink one glass per day now, then drink two tomorrow. Set new goals to increase your water consumption each week. I have seen people go from 1 glass per day to 10 glasses per day within a month.
Spend Time to Avoid Pain
I can hear you saying now; “I don’t have enough time in the day to spend it in the washroom”. This is a legitimate response and one I have heard many times throughout my career. I will not lie. You will spend more time in the bathroom, but you will get accustomed to your more frequent bathroom visits. The bigger picture is the one to focus on. Better hydration means you will be less likely to form more stones; this means that water can reduce ER and doctor visits, and lost time away from work. What is going to the bathroom a few more times a day compared to all of the pain, suffering, and expense you will endure if you don’t drink more water?
I have seen my share of pilots, teachers, surgeons, nurses, and traveling salesman all increase water intake despite the time constraints of their occupations. The one thing they all do is make the time. I have worked with surgeons and surgical nurses before and it is true that they cannot leave the OR to use the bathroom during an 8 hour open heart surgery. Intermittent dehydration can be a real problem in this case. My clients who work in the OR do their best to drink for the rest of the day to try and make up for the loss. Sometimes there is really no choice. Thankfully this is the exception, not the rule.
Once you make up your mind that you do not want to suffer with the severe consequences that kidney stones bring to your life, you will find a way to incorporate more water into your daily routine. It is your choice, your commitment to your health that creates a one day at a time habit of drinking more water.
Under the usual conditions of life, 3 – 4 liters of fluids a day will provide 2.5 to 3 liters of urine volume, and this is enough. The average healthy adult bladder holds about 1/2 liter, so this means 7 – 9 bathroom trips in 24 hours.
The benefits of drinking plenty of water are endless. It gives you healthy skin and nails, fuels your muscles, helps your body absorb nutrients and flushes out toxins. You will be delighted to know that drinking water can also help you lose weight, too. Stay one step ahead of the weight loss game by simply increasing your water intake and knock a few extra pounds off the scale.
Drinking more water can help you lose weight in the following ways:
If you’re not use to drinking a lot of water don’t be overwhelmed by the numbers. You can drink way more than you think by just developing better habits and before you know it you’ll hit your daily intake amount without even thinking about it.
Posted on May 23, 2016 Sandria Washington
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