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?
Quick rules of thumb for drinking water:
Tapping the Benefits of Drinking Water
We cannot live without water, but what are the practical benefits of drinking water? What health benefits can there possibly be to drinking water? What are the anti-aging benefits of drinking water? There are no essential micronutrients in the water we drink, are there? "All it does is make me have to go to the bathroom more often. And as I grow older, I don't need more trips to the bathroom!" "I'm trying to lose weight, and water just makes me seem fatter!"
Why do people encourage us to drink so many glasses of water each day? Our bodies need water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all our organs. Water also transports oxygen to our cells, removes waste, and protects our joints and organs.
Water and Your Cells
The 100,000,000,000,000 cells of the human body are made up of an average of 55% to 78% water, depending upon age, gender, and body size. Your cells surely need macronutrients (proteins, carbs, & fats) and micronutrients (vitamins & minerals), but they also need water too. If you don't drink an adequate amount water, your cells will suffer from dehydration. They will begin to move water from inside the cells to the bloodstream, in order to maintain blood volume and pressure.
If cell dehydration continues, these symptoms will occur: thirst, reduced sweating, reduced skin elasticity, reduced urine production, and dry mouth. Brain cell dehydration can result in confusion, or even a coma, in severe cases. The older we get, the more important it is to know the benefits of drinking water, since our thirst center does not function as well as when we were younger.
Water and Anti-Aging
One of the benefits of drinking water is softer, moister skin. Loss of hydration in the skin shows in all sorts of ways - dryness, tightness, flakiness. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Water is essential to maintain skin moisture and is the vehicle for delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. It is important to note here, for soft, moist skin, drinking an adequate amount of water is probably more important than lotions applied topically. In other words, if your skin cells are dehydrated, they need water from the inside more than lotion from the outside. It probably goes without saying, but water is also cheaper than dermatological concoctions.
Another one of the important benefits of drinking water is the unhindered removal of wastes from the body. Not drinking sufficient water every day can result in these related conditions: constipation, acne, and repeated urinary tract infections. Urination is required for the removal of various toxins from the body. When fluid volume is diminished, the ability of the body to remove toxins through urination is also diminished. Water soluble toxins cannot be easily removed through the bowels, especially when a lack of water also causes constipation. When these toxins must then be eliminated through the skin, the increase in body toxin levels can cause headaches and fatigue. The attempt by the body to remove excess levels of unwanted chemicals through the skin can cause acne and will aggravate eczema.
How Much Water is Enough?
In order to receive the benefits of drinking water, how much should you drink? To determine how much is best for you, use one of these formulas:
body weight in pounds / 2 = number of ounces daily
body weight in kilos / 30 = number of liters daily
If you are exercising, you should drink an additional 8 oz. (.25 liter) for every 20 minutes of exercise. About 20% of the water you need will be supplied by the foods you eat. The other 80% should come from pure water and the other beverages you drink.
You cannot count the alcohol or caffeinated drinks you consume since these contain diuretics which actually "trick" your body into "thinking" they're getting water, when they're not. Avoid drinking sugar-sweetened drinks and full-strength fruit juices, since they are so high in carbs. Consider diluting fruit juices two parts water to one-part juice. And if you are convinced of the positive food value of everything that is in non-caffeinated, sugar-free soft drinks, go ahead and drink them at your own risk! Obviously, water is the best choice.
Finding Sources for Water
With the popularity of bottled water, concerns about its safety, purity, and cost have been raised. Consider these findings:
1) Dr William Shotyk, Royal Society of Chemistry's Journal: "Traces of a chemical called antimony, which is used in the making of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, is leaching into the water within the bottle itself."
2) Natural Resources Defense Council Report points out that as much as 40% of all bottled water comes from a city water system, just like tap water.
3) Bottled water costs affluent countries somewhere between 240 to 10,000 times more than water taken from the tap and filtered through a coarse home-filtering system, like charcoal.
Throughout the years mankind has come up with many ways to measure things: cubits, carats, pounds, inches, liters, kilometers.
To measure the intelligence of consumers, they put water in plastic bottles, to see who would buy it.
Find a refillable, hard plastic bottle, and fill it with water filtered from your tap. Save yourself a lot of money, cut down on pollution, and give your body what it needs. As basic as the benefits of drinking water, are the benefits of exercising; start on an exercise regimen that you can make a part of your
Article courtesy of Anti Aging God's Way. Check out their blog at http://www.anti-aging-gods-way.com/Anti-Aging-blog.html.
Extreme Heat Summer 2016
Record-setting heat has gripped much of the U.S. West and Southwest in recent weeks, and now the East Coast is baking, too.
Temperatures from Washington, D.C., to Boston are expected to soar into the 90s Wednesday, and possibly for several days straight days after that. Combined with humidity, the air could feel more like 100 or higher in some locales, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
With these high temperatures come significant health threats, says a physician from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Stratford, N.J.
"Any extremes in weather can be inherently dangerous, but the initial heat waves every summer can be particularly perilous to those who are most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, including children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions," Dr. Jennifer Caudle, an assistant professor at Rowan, said in a university news release.
Most people can adjust to swings in temperature within about a week, but some people may need twice as long to adjust, Caudle said.
"When the weather changes quickly, such as with a sudden heat wave, our bodies race to help maintain a normal body temperature by adjusting blood flow and sweating," she said.
"The bodies of infants and the elderly aren't able to make those changes as easily as healthy adults, leaving them at higher risk for serious illness and even death," Caudle explained.
Extreme heat claims an average of 658 lives in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In most cases, these deaths occur in homes without air conditioning.
"Many older individuals have medical conditions or live in situations that make them more likely to succumb to the heat," Caudle said.
Besides their inability to adjust quickly to changing temperatures, older folks are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature, she said. They also "can have a diminished thirst reflex that keeps them from drinking adequate amounts of liquid," she added.
Safety and financial concerns might also keep seniors behind closed windows without fans or air conditioners, she pointed out.
Kids suffer from the heat, too, and should never be left alone in a parked car.
So far this year, at least 15 U.S. children left in cars have died from heat-related illnesses, Caudle said. Temperatures inside cars can rise by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, she noted.
"If you find a child asleep in a parked car, don't assume that child is merely napping," she said. "Lethargy and confusion are signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and are urgent medical conditions." Her advice: Remove the child from the car and call 911 immediately. A high body temperature could lead to permanent brain and organ damage.
If the thermometer climbs in your region, Caudle offers some other safety tips:
Warning signs of heat illness include excessive sweating, dizziness, weakness, nausea, red or hot skin, fainting, confusion, and trouble with coordination or balance.
Seek immediate medical help if these symptoms don't improve quickly or get worse. Heat stroke can be fatal if not treated right away, Caudle said.
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