We all know that water is important for health, but do we really know why? What is its function in the body and why is it so important? Let’s talk about it.
The list of roles and functions water plays in our health is endless. Dehydration, even mild dehydration causes an alarming number of diseases and disorders. Many of which we believe to be caused by other things. When you are feeling tired or under the weather I assure you that drinking a large glass of water will either elevate the issue or make it 100 x better.
Most of us live in a constant state of dehydration. You should be drinking water all day; you should always have water near you. Consuming around 3-4 litres of good quality water every day is essential.
When you start to feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. You should feel thirsty rarely it shouldn’t be your sign to drink some water. Drink all day, before you get thirsty. Your organs, tissues, skin, everything in your body needs a constant supply of water. We are 75% water. If we pay close attention to our water consumption and the quality of our water, we instantly improve our health. You will see and feel the difference.
- We are FULL of water.
We are solid beings with an ocean inside of us. When we fuel that ocean, we instantly provide every cell, tissue and organs with an ESSENTIAL part of its functioning. Without that water we aren’t functioning. It’s as simple as that. Nothing occurs in your body without water.
2. It is your body’s transportation device.
Everything that moves from one place to another in your body requires water. Water is the transporter for every nutrient, hormone, enzyme, electrolyte.
3. Water controls your temperature.
When required the water circulating in your body can heat you up and cool you down. Without this living would be incredibly difficult.
4. Water is important for the removal of waste products.
All chemical reactions and processes emit some sort of waste. More often than not these waste materials can be toxic and if kept in the body, become incredibly harmful. If we aren’t drinking enough water these toxic substances have no choice but to store themselves in adipose tissue and other sites in the body causing you harm. Needing the toilet often due to increased water consumption is a fantastic thing!! You are removing more waste and preventing a build-up of toxic substrates.
5. Water prevents your bones and joints from rubbing together.
Gout suffers (a very painful form of arthritis) who drank five to eight glasses of water the day before a flare up had 40% less chance of its reoccurrence when compared to individuals who drank less water. Drinking water really is that quick a fix to many health complications.
There are hundreds more uses for water including the proper functioning of the immune, nervous and endocrine systems (all incredibly important processes for the mere functioning of your body let alone health). This list could go on and on. We understand that water is INCREDIBLE and very important for our survival. I mean we can only last 3 days without it.
It’s an incredibly complex yet beautifully simple substance that is ESSENTIAL for all living cells, human beings, animals, plants and the planet earth. Anything that lives depends on water for its survival. A phenomenon we don’t yet fully understand.
If you aren’t consuming enough water every day (3-4L) your health will suffer.
Water is beautiful, we can swim in it, consume it, bathe in it, it is truly a miracle. Drink 4 litres of water a day and aim for good quality water. In Scotland we are fortunate to have a reasonably good water supply. Spring water or distilled water with added Himalayan salt is the best. (I can write another blog post on the best types of water to consume, comment below if this would interest you!)
You will feel instantly 100x better and be doing a fantastic thing for your health and wellbeing.
Inspiration for this blog post and some facts from Darin Olien’s book “Superlife”.
As always, thank you for reading.
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