Since there is so much talk about water, here are some serious drinking water facts we should be aware of. Why we can't live without it, how much water our bodies need, all the health benefits associated with it and a whole lot of other stuff too. Some of you may be shocked at what I'm about to tell you. But before I get to all that, what is it that we keep reading about having to drink eight glasses of water every day when our bodies are made up of so much water already. If that is the case, why do we need to drink so much more of it?
If the human body is composed of mostly water, how much water is present in our bodies. If you do the math, there are often many conflicting theories. Some will say that our bodies contain 60 per cent water while others say go up as high as 85 per cent. How will we ever know the truth? Does it mean that smaller people have less water per kilogram and that larger people have more water in their system? Does drinking vast amounts of water daily tell us that no matter our size, we could surpass the 60 per cent barrier?
Let's face it, we all know that we cannot survive for extended periods without fresh drinking water. At best, we could probably survive without water for up to a week. That is of course if we're not stuck in the middle of the Sahara desert. Whichever way we look at it, not drinking enough water for any length of time is not good for our system either. Our internal organs would simply start shutting down and that's not a good thing. But here's the thing - When water is freely available, is't not that we overdose on water. Some people have been known to become dehydrated from drinking too much water.
Did you know that you can get all the water you need from nutrient-rich water foods instead? Did you also know that drinking too much water can deplete electrolytes and cause hydration as well as premature ageing of the skin? Consuming foods rich in water content is far better for you to get all the water you need because this way it helps balance hormones naturally, while also supporting the thyroid and your adrenal glands.
Did you know that drinking too much water can also be extremely detrimental to your overall bodily functions? During my research, I discovered that drinking too much water can play havoc with your kidneys too. I'll get to that part in a moment. I always tell people to listen to their bodies. Your body tells you a lot more than you think.
While we may have an incredibly complex system, our bodies tell us when we are either thirsty or hungry and because of this, we should only eat when we are hungry and drink when we are thirsty. It's a well-known fact that we eat too much as noted in the number of people around the world who are overweight and in many cases, obese. Little is considered by the fact that we could be drinking too much water.
Let's take a look at why we are constantly reminded that we should drink eight glasses of water daily. Is it not better for our bodies to tell us that we are thirsty and that we need to drink some more water. Your body has a remarkable ability to tell you when you need to drink water, eat food or that you have a need to go to the toilet. When is enough is enough? Wow! At this point while writing this article I got thirsty. Was it my body telling me to fill up again?
Consider these drinking water facts? Why is it that so many people love going to their local pub and continue sitting there for who knows how long and not only so that they can play catch-up on a some kind of socialising but more importantly to consume large quantities of alcohol. Then sooner than later they have to excuse themselves to go to the loo time and again to rid themselves of all that drink. What a waste.
Now we have to ask ourselves, are these people who drink so much, actually thirsty? I would think not. Most of these people are drinking for an entirely different reason, which incidentally cannot be a good thing either. What are these people doing by drinking so much more than their bodies need? If your body is made up of so much water, then surely there'd be no need to drown yourself. Alcohol is, by all account, stepping on a dangerous path.
Another thing I've noticed over time is that men, in particular, seem to develop their middle section to such an extent that many of them look as like they are steadily becoming pregnant. Of course we know this to be extremely unlikely. So if this is not the case, why is it that men refer to their larger than life waistline to a beer belly when it has absolutely nothing at all to do with beer whatsoever.
However, if that were true, surely they could simply put a tap on it and continue drinking later when they become thirsty again. What a load of bollocks. That beer belly is nothing more than an accumulation of amino acids (protein) derived from the overconsumption of trans fats, fast-foods and high cholesterol meals. All of which are highly toxic to the human body. And don't let anyone tell you any differently.
Having said this, let's talk about some more drinking water facts. There are many benefits that water can provide for your overall health but there is no need to go overboard to keep your system running efficiently. Here are some of the things water does for your health.
Water helps regulate metabolism and control appetite.
Water improves cognitive functioning.
Water helps regulate body temperature.
Water lubricates joints.
Water helps prevent chronic fatigue and depression.
Water keeps our lungs moistened so we can breathe.
Water helps prevent asthma.
Water increases energy levels.
Water can decrease the risk of some cancers, including colon, prostate, bladder, and breast cancer but only if you eat the right foods.
Water prevents and alleviates headaches.
Water keeps the skin moisturised.
Water flushes out toxins.
Water aids in the digestive process and prevents constipation.
Water is necessary for circulation.
Now you probably want to know just how much water is enough. At this point, it's a good idea to bear in mind the type of food you are eating because that will also tell you a little bit more about whether or not you should drink more water. If you are a high meat and potato eater, you probably will need to drink more water.
However, if your food source comes primarily from plant-based food, you would need less water because you will in effect be eating your water as opposed to drinking it. Think about that for just a moment?
Getting back to my story about drinking too much water, I want to tell you exactly how water affects the function of your kidneys. It is important to understand that water needs to filter through your kidneys to maintain optimum health. That being said, if you drink too much water (especially on a bad diet) other than when your body's natural mechanism tells you that more water is needed, you'd just be overtaxing your kidneys and that's not a good thing.
Your kidneys are made up of a porous material and if you overload your kidneys with too much liquid, their function will be impaired. So let's do a water test. Take a sponge, the one you may use to wash with.
If you should continue pouring water onto your sponge it will soon become waterlogged and therefore unable to do the job properly. In other words, the sponge won't be able to accept more water. The same can be said for your kidneys. So why would you want to place such a heavy load on your kidneys?
It all comes down to the food you shovel into your system. You don't necessarily need to eat less, you just need to eat right. And if you are eating more protein-rich plant-based foods, there would not be any need to drink all that extra water. Think about this for a minute. You'd be getting much of your water directly from the plants you eat.
The same cannot be said about a high protein meat diet, especially with all that extra fat you'll be consuming. You may have heard that oil and water don't mix. There's no water in meat products whatsoever, so stop all this madness and eat better quality foods like whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Your body will thank you for it.
There are a ton of guidelines out there regarding water and how much of it we should be drinking. But what if we are not getting all the right drinking water facts. The best way to gauge just how much water we need is to simply listen to what our bodies are telling us. You'll be amazed just how much our bodies know what is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you can respect your body as you should and take that little bit extra special care to tune into its needs you will naturally consume the correct amount of water. More than that is unnecessary overload. Your body is talking to you all the time so take the time to listen. A good indication of whether you are drinking enough water is to simply check the colour of your urine.
If your urine is a pale yellow colour then you are just fine. If your urine passes the same colour as the water you're drinking, that too is perfectly fine. However, if your urine is a dark yellow colour, you may want to regulate that with some more water.
Incidentally, if you are a heavy beer drinker you'll probably notice your urine is clear in colour. Drinking loads of beer tend to make your urine colourless but you'd be wrong to assume that this is okay. Beer drinking is never a good indication that your water levels are perfect. Besides, with all that beer, you'd simply be drowning your yourself and your poor kidneys too.
Your body will tell you when you're running on empty. That goes for water just as much as for food. Drink when you thirsty and eat when you are hungry, much the same way your body will tell you it's time to go to the toilet when in need. Should you go to the loo more than three times a day to urinate, you may be drinking too much water.
It's best to go first thing when you wake up in the morning, then again in the afternoon and just before you go to bed at night. If you should be working the night shift, the procedure will work best in reverse.
More than that means you are drinking too much. And if you believe you're drinking too much water, it's probably because you're eating all the wrong foods which require you to flush out all those bad toxins and free radicals. Eat right and you won't need to drink all that water. I'm as regular as clockwork after changing my eating habits to vegetarianism and macrobiotics 45 years ago.
One very important thing to note and that is if you should ever wake up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet, this could be a warning sign that you have other health issues such as prostate problems in men or that you may be diabetic. These are serious concerns. However, if you participate in various sporting activities, your body will need extra water as you will perspire a lot more. That's a good thing.
I'll talk to you about macrobiotics in another article, however, here is a small brief. Macrobiotics is all about yin and yang and how you can bring harmony within yourself. If you look at the word "Macrobiotics" and split it into two, you'd have "Macro" meaning Big and "Biotics" meaning Life. Together you'll have a Big Life.
Now if you take the word "Antibiotics" and split that into two, you'd have "Anti" meaning "Against" and Biotics, again, meaning Life. Together they spell Anti-Life. What does that tell you? But don't have to take my word on that one, get a second or third opinion. Or better still, just Google the words separately and see what turns up. You could also look for the words in the English dictionary. Both come up with the same answer. You'll be both shocked and amazed.
My name is Grahame Pike. I'm 66 years of age, I am a vegetarian and my weight is 63 kilograms. (no extra body fat) I'm told that I look 10 to 15 years younger than my age. (you be the judge). I've never been to see the doctor, except when asked to go for insurance purposes. I prefer to be responsible for my own body and I try to tell anyone who cares to listen, to do likewise. I don't put that much trust in doctors and take no prescription drugs.
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