Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
W. H. Auden
I however, will not go into the geopolitical status of this much needed nutrient–Water. I wish to focus instead, not on the macro-level debate regarding water, which is of course of vital importance, but rather hone in on the micro-level need– specifically for our very own water vessel with it’s vast tributaries and reservoirs–our body.
For those who know my prose, you’ll certainly understand I often times just cut to the chase and wish to simply help you simplify your life as much as possible. This article is no exception.
Rather than speak on the topic of something seemingly so self-evident as H2O and its benefits, I thought to merely provide you with helpful tips for you to decide what is relevant and applicable to you and your life. Nonetheless, don’t underestimate the importance of water or take the brevity of these tips lightly as dehydration and rehydration on a regularly and frequent basis could literally be life or death. Putting it simply: If your house was made up of 75% stone would water be an important factor, probably not as much as if it were 75% wood. I’m sure you would agree we are much closer to the organic material and longevity of wood than stone, right? Humans fall somewhere around 75% water, so be sure to drink adequate amounts of it on a daily basis before any part of you turns to stone. Now go ahead and enjoy a glass of the other clear stuff whenever you can to satisfy your body, mind and spirit! It’ll thank you for it for years to come and just maybe your legacy will outlast the Great Pyramids!
- There is no standard required quantity of water to drink. Daily intake depends on age, weight, geographical location (dry or wet climate), activities, etc. Just drink plenty of it!
- Keeps our cells hydrated to keep our body’s electrochemical balance to stay alive.
- Elimination of body wastes and toxins.
- Assists in dissolving, processing, and transporting nutrients.
- Helps maintain the body’s pH balance in order to prevent and cure disease.
- Over time, continuously being dehydrated can lead to cancer.
- Lubricates internal organs and joints.
- Creates healthy looking skin.
- Good for eye health.
- Plays a key role in the metabolic breakdown of proteins and carbs.
- Neutralizes fat and assists in weight loss.
- Helps to reduce water retention (sounds counterintuitive, but it works) Drink more water not less if you are retaining water.
- Assists in transporting oxygen to cells.
- Maintains muscle tone.
- Regulates body temperature.
- Helps to maintain healthy kidneys, bladder, and urinary system.
- On average, we lose about 10 cups of water/day through perspiration, breathing, urination and bowel movements.
- Senior citizens are at a higher risk for dehydration due to diminished kidney function as we age.
- Symptoms and effects of dehydration: confusion, drowsiness, labored speech, dry mouth, sunken eyeballs, chronic pain, slow metabolism, organ failure, arthritis, migraines, hypertension, constipation, kidney stones, irritability, sleeplessness, lack of urine output, dark colored urine, strong smelling urine, skin odor, fatigue.
- Children need more water than adults- a loss of 2% of body fluids causes a 20% reduction in child performance in both physical and mental abilities.
- Dehydration in excess of 3% may lead to heat stroke.
- 65% of children ages 5-14 drink less water than they should.
- If you sense thirst, you have been dehydrated for possibly hours before the thirst sense “kicks in”.
- Caffeine, sodas with caffeine are diuretics and lead to dehydration. (this has been hotly debated–the jury is still out on this one)
- Pregnant women require more water intake to support their increased blood supply and growing baby.
- Breastfeeding women to produce sufficient breast milk.
- Helps to decrease PMS and Menopause symptoms.
- Drink more during extreme temperatures (hot or cold).
- Increase water intake when you have a fever, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- Strenuous exercise (before, during, and after).
You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.
Shape your life, and raise your glass to a “Better, Optimal Health”!