‘Water is the only drink for a wise man’
Did you know the average human body is 75% water?? No wonder water is the most important nutrient worldwide!
Every muscle tissue, and cell in our body needs water in order to function properly.
On average we lose 10 cups of water a day, just through breathing, sweating, urinating and eliminating waste. Believe me those juices and sodas are not going to replace one single nutrient lost in this process. Instead the lack of water (or the use of juices and sodas) will have such a dehydrating effect on your body that the following will start to happen;
- Fatigue: dehydration causes our enzymes to slow down, which in turn makes us tired and fatigued.
- High blood pressure: just drinking water can help bring your blood pressure down. How? Well you blood is 92% water, so when we don’t drink enough it becomes thick and has more resistance to try flow through your body.
- Asthma and allergies: when dehydrated your body constricts the airways to try and conserve water.
- Skin disorders: lack of water impairs the elimination process and instead of excreting toxins it pushes them out through your skin.
- High cholesterol: we produce more cholesterol with a lack of water to prevent water loss in our cells.
- Digestive disorders: a shortage of water can lead to ulcers, gastritis, and acid reflux.
- Bladder or kidney problems: with no water, bacteria starts to thrive and accumulates toxins and acids in these areas.
- Constipation: without enough water, waste moves through the large intestines extremely slow, if at all.
- Joint pain or stiffness: all joints have a padding called cartilage, and this is mainly made up of water. When we are dehydrated this is weakened and can cause pain and discomfort.
- Weight gain: people tend to eat more, when in fact they are thirsty.
That is a lot of issues that can be fixed by something as simple as drinking water. So how much should you drink? While every health ad in the world says you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day there is so much controversy about this topic. I want you to picture a 9 year old girl (she is small and petite), picture her standing next to a bodybuilder (he is rather large and extremely bulky). Looking at these two people side-by-side would you say they need exactly the same amount of water? While I believe every adult should be drinking between 2-4 litres of water daily (you can also consume this through tea and certain foods), the method I recommend you use is your urine (NO YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRINK IT). Drink water so you have long clear wees. If your urine is a yellow colour, you are dehydrated and need to drink water straight away. Use this method as an indicator and you will never be dehydrated again. You want to make sure that all your wees are long and clear.
Homework: Take note of your wees. Make sure you drink water upon waking up, as this is the time we are always dehydrated.