Water Is A “Must-Have”


It Does Your Body Good!

Even though water is readily available to most Americans,                              more than 73% of us suffer mild, chronic dehydration.

The human body can’t function properly without enough water.

Every cell in your body, every system of your body and every body function depends on having an adequate amount of water to perform properly.

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Water Is Vital To Your Good Health.

You hear the “drink water” mantra all the time.                                Do you know why water is so important to our health?

Water Helps Nearly Every Part Of Your Body             Function Better

The need to drink enough water every day is even more important than eating for the human body.  Humans can’t survive more than a few days without water. Keeping your body organs hydrated is the primary reason why it’s important to drink enough water every day.

Water Helps Fight Disease And Body Disorders

The benefits of drinking water include the improvement of many health conditions - both minor and chronic:

  1. Water helps prevent exhaustion

  2. It allows better absorption of nutrients

  3. Proper hydration means more efficient removal of body toxins

  4. Adequate water intake improves blood circulation

  5. Helps prevent or improve symptoms of angina, heartburn, and hypertension (blood pressure)

  6. Your kidneys benefit from adequate hydration.  Kidneys need water to filter out waste and toxins from the body. Insufficient water in the kidneys results in the kidneys passing their work on to the liver.  When this happens, the liver doesn’t function properly and can’t metabolize fat as well as it should.

  7. Water not only helps prevent cancers and other diseases in the colon, bladder and breast; it also helps prevent other types of disorders that affect organs and systems in our bodies.

How Much Water Does Your Body Use Every Day?

The human body uses up to 10-12 cups of water a day (about 3/4 of a gallon).  It fuels breathing, digestion, elimination and perspiration. If you don't replenish the water your body uses up, it becomes dehydrated. 

Dehydration Can Worsen Many Health Conditions

Eight glasses (8 ounces) a day is the general recommendation, but it depends on each individual’s needs.  Another way of calculating the amount of water a person may need per day is one cup of water for every 20 pounds of body weight.

If you exercise or work in hot climates, the amount of water you may need more water. The color of your urine is a good indication. If it comes out pale yellow it's a sign you’re drinking enough water.

If You’re Not Crazy About The Taste Of Water

Try These Simple Tips

  1.   Add a splash of flavor. Take a few thin slices of lemon, lime or orange and drop it in a glass of water. You'll be surprised how good it tastes. You might even catch yourself drinking a lot more than eight glasses.

  1.   Try flavored seltzer. The fizz in seltzer water actually helps keep you full as well if you are dieting.  Seltzer comes in a variety of flavors including cherry, raspberry and lemon lime.

  1.   Carry a water bottle with you and just sip from it as you go through the day.  Or simply stop throughout the day and have a few sips of water.  No one said you have to drink a full glass at a time.

  1.   A cup of tea counts towards your 8 glasses. (It  is healthier for you if the tea is decaf.)

Purified Water Is An Extra Bonus For Your Body

Drinking water from public water supplies, wells and other sources can contain a many different contaminants.  For people with weakened or compromised immune systems, water contaminants can amplify the harmful effects of these contaminants on the body.

Water high in inorganic materials (like minerals) causes hard water.   Drinking hard water may cause deposits to occur where blood flow is the slowest:

For people taking certain medications or with specific medical conditions, drinking 8 glasses of water a day may not be the right amount for you.  Consult with your doctor about how much water you should drink daily.

Be Aware Of Your Body’s Needs

Water filters help to remove contaminants from tap water and other water sources.

Of all the types of drinks available today, water is the least expensive.  You can drink  about 4,000 glasses of tap water for the price of a six-pack of soda or empty-calorie flavored drinks.

Check Out Why You Need To Drink More Water

  1. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body.

  2.   Water helps regulate body metabolism.

  3.   Water is required to exhale air from the lungs.

  4.   Water regulates body temperature.

  5.   Water protects and cushions vital organs.

  6.   Water helps convert food to energy.

  7.   Water aids in the digestion of food.

  8.   Water helps the body absorb nutrients.

  9.   Water cushions your joints.

  10.   Water helps reduce fat deposits.

  11.   Water helps reduce/control water retention.

  12.   Water helps prevent moderate dehydration                                 

        (often the cause of headaches and dizziness).

  1.   Water aids in the removal of toxins from the body.

  2.   Water helps move food through the intestines.

  3.   Water is essential to properly eliminate your body waste.
  1.   Around the joints, increasing the risk of arthritis

  2.   Along small arteries causing hardening of those arteries

  3.   In small veins, causing varicose veins

  4.   In the inner ear, causing loss of hearing

  5.   In the lungs, causing emphysema

  6.   In the lens of the eye, causing cataracts

To make sure water contaminants and inorganic materials         stay out of drinking water, many people choose to use             water filters, and/or drink purified water.

How much water

does your body need every day?

  1.   Blood is 92% water

  2.   Heart is 75% water

  3.   Brain is 75% water

  4.   Liver is 86% water

  5.   Muscles are 75% water

  6.   Lungs are 86% water

  7.   Kidneys are 83% water

  8.   Muscles are 75% water

  9.   Bones are 22% water

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