Water – The Source of Life and Your Health!
As promised, we’re kicking off 2018 with some new information (and some old information in a new, important way). Whether you drink filtered water, cheap bottled water or 24-karat water (bottled from the source of some real or imagined Himalayan Youth Fountain), you must. Drink. MORE!
How much more? Well, that’s a simple question with no easy answer. Your individual water needs depend on many factors, including heredity, your health, how active you are and where you live.
Water is your body’s principal component…makes up more than 60% percent of your body weight (and over 80% of your brain matter). Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs (good) water to work properly. Water gets rid of toxic wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements, keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, protects sensitive tissues like your heart and eyes, helps regulate blood pressure, eases headaches (whether or not caused by stress or eye strain), maintains muscles, flushes out veins, prevents vertigo (dizziness) and basically decides, on many levels, how well your mind concentrates and how much it remembers. Umm hmm!
Even mild dehydration drains your energy, causes illness and make you tired and utterly irritable. So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need?
What if I told you that you needed to drink half of your body weight in water every single day. It’s true! And, for those of you who preach, “8 glasses of water a day,” even if you practice what you preach (and I’m betting you don’t), I’m guessing the average American adult weights more than 20.5 pounds!
We’ve been doing it wrong because we’ve been taught wrong. One of my favorite books is, “You’re Not Sick. You’re Thirsty!” by F. M. D. Batmanghelidj. Talk about an eye (and bottle) opener!
I know, you’re thinking, “I can’t drink half of (insert your weight here).” Or, if you’re like me, you can’t stand water from any source (Sweet, southern tea is my drug of choice.)
It’s important, though, that we begin to have the hard conversations this year. More on the H2O subject tomorrow. Bring your note pad. It’s going to be watershed moment!
Life is Short. Drink Water.