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Benefits of Drinking Water

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Drinking coffee, tea or soft drinks dehydrate the body. Water is necessary for proper hydration.

Benefits of Hydration

Benefits of Hydration

Here are some of the benefits of drinking more water. Please read the full article to see everything that water can do for you

  • Drinking water enhances fat loss
  • Combat ailments and sometimes when you are feeling tired, have headaches or backpain it is a symptom of not drinking enough water.
  • Look Younger – Drinking water hydrates your skin
  • Reduce Blood Pressure
  • Ease Joint Pain
  • Improve Bowl Movements

Water comprises 75% of our body and 85% of our brain. As we age we tend to dry out – and if we don’t want to be hung out to dry, we must replenish our body’s need for water by drinking at least one litre of water per day. However, some researchers such as, Fereydoon Batamanghelidj, M.D, who has researched hydration for several decades, state that we need to drink ½ of our (Imperial) body weight in ounces of pure water every day. (If you weigh 150 lbs you should be drinking 75 ounces of water.) Our body fluids -  blood, lymph, cerebrospinal fluid, saliva, urine, synovial fluid (in joints), extracellular fluid, tears are all evidence of the importance of water in our bodies. Healthy cells need to be plumped up with water for optimal functioning. Our abdomens are like a sea of water, containing organs that could be compared to water balloons. The water in our bodies supports the conduction of electrical charges that maintain the rhythm of the heart. Without water we die, but long before that, the effects of  inadequate hydration affect our bodies, and bodily functions are compromised and quickly go into crisis.

Our bodies release water through urine, sweat and breathing and the body begins to prioritize water usage as soon as we consume too little water. The top priority is the blood; without water the blood loses its viscosity and is not able to adequately transport necessary blood elements.

So, if a person is dehydrated, water is drawn from the synovial fluid around the joints – leading to joint pain. The discs in the spine are a hydraulic support system to support the weight of the upper body, and lack of hydration adds up to increased likelihood of serious back problems.

Dehydration also results in restriction of capillaries. It also leads to increased blood pressure as the body struggles to pump blood through the body. Normal levels of sodium are important to the body’s ability to retain enough water and are a factor in urinary function.  Health advocates all agree that they are talking about pure water, not other drinks which many people count toward their water consumption. Juice, soda pop, caffeinated beverages and alcohol are all diuretics and cause you to lose water. Therefore for every drink you have that is in the diuretic category, you must drink one more glass of pure water.

Drink WaterNext is the debate about fluoridated water. Calcium fluoride is the type of fluoride normally found in water. While sodium fluoride is much more absorbable, it is unlikely to be the type used by municipally treated water supplies, as it has less benefit to the teeth. Most municipalities use silicoflourides as they are cheaper.

This type of fluoride contains arsenic, mercury, lead and beryllium. Your body absorbs these chemicals through the skin during showering, so even if you avoid drinking municipally treated water you may be getting more chemicals than you think. Also, as water consumption may vary from person to person, there is the argument that municipally treated water may over treat some people, while not being sufficient for other people.

Opponents to fluoridation cite that infant brains are more susceptible to toxins and toxins are cumulative. Dental flourosis, a condition that results in yellow mottled teeth, has been linked to bone fractures, and possibly bone cancers. It is said to lower fertility and IQ and seems to result in the body absorbing unwanted aluminum. Fluoride seems to be more effective when topically applied, such as by use in toothpaste, so it becomes questionable whether municipal water treatment is a good option.

The aim of fluoridation seems debatable at best as increasing studies seem to call into question whether even treatment by a dental hygenist of topically applied fluoride seems to bring minimal results. While drinking filtered water may remove many harmful chemicals, most do not remove fluoride and some don’t even remove as many heavy metals as we would like to think. It is important to choose your water filter carefully.

Drink Water While Exercising

Drink Water While Exercising

When and how you drink your water makes a difference. Drinking room temperature water about half an hour before meals seems most beneficial. If you have problems with indigestion or heartburn, adding a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice to water is useful. Drink additional water about two hours after eating. Avoid drinking during a meal as it dilutes the digestive juices necessary for proper digestion.

Filtered water is better than most bottled water. There are no regulations for bottled water, and it can be as contaminated as tap water. Plastic bottles come with a whole different set of questions ranging from absorption of chemicals into the water to how do the bottles get recycled or added to garbage. Some plastics are designed for single use and should not be allowed to sit in a hot car as the heat may cause chemicals to leach into the  water.

Glass or ceramic are preferable for food and water storage. A #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), is preferable for water bottles if you are using a plastic bottle.  Usually water is sold in a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Unfortunately, those fabulous colourful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol may leach BPA. (Bisphenol A), a xenoestrogen, which is a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies. Synthetic chemical endocrine disruptors are particularly devastating to babies and young children and women.

The challenges never end; some forms of bottled water are demineralized. If it is demineralized the water may move through your system without being absorbed by your cells. Critics say water needs to have at least 300 TDS (total dissolved solids) to meet the needs of the body. Some recommend adding Celtic Sea Salt (never use table salt) or a pinch of Pascalite clay to each litre of bottled water.

Not all water is equal, however the merits of drinking enough water seem apparent as many research studies seem to add to the body of evidence that drinking adequate water impacts the prevention of many diseases and promotes healthy function of the body.

It seems that drinking enough water has to be among the easiest of all health practices. The only factor that separates water drinkers from non-water drinkers is habit – a habit that seems to be shifting. Twenty years ago, a restaurant server or party host seemed alarmed if you stated you only wanted water to drink. Now you see a significant number of people with water as their beverage of choice.

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