The more water you drink… the more you allow your body to purify itself. Studies show that on average, on a typical day without exercise or hot weather, we lose about 8-10 cups of water through perspiration, breathing, urination and bowel movements.
Studies have also shown that as we age, our senses lose their perceptive capabilities. Thus, we gradually lose our ability to realize that we are thirsty, and we become more and more dehydrated the older we get. So don’t wait until you feel thirsty to dring water.
Elderly Need To Drink More Water. Hypertension, circulation disorders, kidney stones, arthritis, indigestion and constipation are all common disorders found in elderly people that can be directly, or indirectly, caused in inadequate water intake. Over the age of 65 thirst diminishes and a person is not likely to drink without consciously thinking about it.
Women need extra fluids in pregnancy. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need additional fluids to stay hydrated. According to the Institute of Medicine – who recommend that, on average, women consume 3.2 litres and men 3.5 litres – this is recommended to be 2.4 litres (approx. 9 cups) for pregnant women and 3 litres (approx. 12.5 cups) for breastfeeding women since an especially large amount of fluid is lost during nursing.
Children need more water than adults because of their large consumption of energy, so they should always have unlimited access to water - a loss of 2% of body fluids causes a 20% reduction in child performance in both physical and mental activities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics actually states that “until your baby starts eating solid foods, he’ll get all the water he needs from breast milk or formula.”
Signs of Dehydration
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD the “dry-mouth” is not necessarily a sign that you need to drink water. There are many other important ways in which our body tells us that we are in need of water
General perceptive “feelings
Signs of persistent dehydration
- Asthma and Allergies
- Join and back pain
- Migraine / headaches
- Constipation, colitis
- Type II diabetes
More drastic emergency indicators of local dehydration
- Anginal pain
- Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid joint pains
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Morning sickness during pregnancy
Drinking Water vs. other beverages?
Soda, diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol do not replace water, especially if the beverage is a diuretic. They get more water out of the body than there is water in the in the cup of beverage or the can of soda.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try putting lemon, lime or an orange slice in your glass.
” The consumption of soft drinks, like land-mine terrain, is riddled with hazards. We as practitioners and advocates of a healthy life-style recognize that consuming even as little as one or two sodas per day is undeniably connected to a myriad of pathologies.” says Judith Valentine, PhD. –
The importance of Water in relations to your Kidneys
** Kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:
- remove waste products from the body, including inorganic minerals
- remove drugs form the body
- balance the body’s fluids
- release hormones that regulate blood pressure
- produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
- control the production of red blood cells
In order to maintain health, the kidneys must excrete a minimum of ten ounces of waste per day. When water is not available, there is nothing present in which to dissolve the body’s waste products (uric acid and urea) for expulsion. As a result, they build up within the body, leading to kidney stones, while putting additional strain on the kidneys to find adequate liquid with which to expel toxins.
* The explanation for strong smelling or dark urine could simply be that you are not drinking enough water and your urine is very concentrated.
* The same applies to skin odor. If you feel that a bad odor persists on your skin even after bathing, this is the result of too much accumulation of toxins. Drinking more water will aid in eliminating them from the system. “Detoxification is even more important to longevity than good nutrition…”
Drinking Water versus other beverages:
Replacing water with soda, diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol won’t work as well – especially if the beverage produces a diuretic effect. (alcohol actually, produces dehydration). If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try putting lemon, lime or an orange slice in your glass.
Drinking mineral water
Mineral water is water that contains no less than 250 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved, naturally occurring (not added) solids, or minerals. Mineral water can be labeled “low mineral content” (less than 500 ppm) or “high mineral content” (more than 1,500 ppm) minerals.
Water containing high levels of Calcium and Magnesium is called hard water. Drinking hard water is not necessarily detrimental for your health if the hardness level is not too high.
Drinking Alkaline water
In order to balance the acidity produced by stress, fear, depression, pollution, poor nutrition, etc., we have to keep our body slightly alkaline … but you don’t need to force yourself to drink hard water, for this. As shown on the Nutrition page, there are a lot of vegetables and minerals which can be added to your diet maintain the body Ph balance
If you really want to drink alkaline water, you can ad a pinch of baking soda or sea salt in your glass – but alkaline water doesn’t taste so good, therefore it will not satisfy your thirst…
- An alternative to this is to add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to the water you drink (The lemon juice appears to be acid, but inside our body it becomes alkaline, like all citrus fruit). In addition it tastes good and it is refreshing – cheers!
** Warning: people often think that they can supply their needs of minerals from drinking water. Water in nature was never pure even if is not artificially polluted; it always contains dissolved minerals depending on the surrounding environment. Studies have shown that only 1% of the quantity of minerals we take from the water can be assimilated by our body. When drinking high mineralized water, naturally, our body will try to eliminate the excess it cannot assimilate and this can harm our kidneys.
Highly mineralized water is not suitable for daily drinking, but in small quantities it can be used for healing purposes… Drinking of mineral waters though, can successfully heal specific ailments, in health resorts and only as a 10- 12 day cure, with medical prescription and supervision.
Drinking bottled water
By far this is the most expensive of all options. You may use bottled water for drinking or making tea, but could you afford to use if for all your cooking and food preparation needs?
What exactly are consumers getting for their money?
Is the bottled water industry’s carefully marketed image of absolute purity and pristine sources an accurate reflection of where bottled water comes from, and is the water really so immaculately pure compared with tap water?
Government and industry estimates indicate that about 25 percent to 30 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States comes from a city’s or town’s tap water — sometimes further treated, sometimes not..
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Drinking Water facts and news
Almost all degenerative diseases are a result of dehydration, due to toxins building up in our body.
The more water you drink… the more you allow your body to purify itself.
If you like outdoors, or any other physical activities make sure you carry an adequate supply of water, to avoid dehydration.
If you like traveling, make sure you can drink the proper quality of water.
Drink with confidence from any water source in the world!
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If you’re flying, drink one extra glass of water for each hour that you’re in the air:
“In-flight air is drier than any of the world’s deserts. Relative humidity is 20-25% in the Sahara or Arabian deserts, while optimum comfort is around 50% humidity.”
The colder it gets, the more you need to drink water to maintain your body temperature
The warmer it gets, the more you need to drink water, to replace the quantity of fluids lost by perspiration and to maintain your body cool…
Drinking Sea Water
The American Indians who resided in the Utah area near the Great Salt Lake regularly drank small quantities of the inland sea water. They discovered that this practice enhanced the effect of their herbal remedies.
The famed Poznan School of medicine in Poland found after years of research that herb’s acted synergistically with minerals and vitamins, providing a superior therapeutic modality, than when minerals are not included…
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