Of all the body’s needs for health, water is the second most important. You may go a month or two without food, but you will not last a week without water. Our body is composed of 85 % water from the neck up and 75% water from the neck down. Water is responsible for nearly EVERY bodily reaction. We need water for digestion, absorption, circulation, getting rid of toxic wastes, transportation of nutrients and to regulate body’s temperature. Water is the main lubricant in joint spaces and water can help prevent arthritis and back pain. Water affects your skin making it smoother and giving it that sparkling luster. Water is the ultimate detoxifier. Water has zero calories and helps control appetite.
We naturally loose about 2.5 liters of water everyday through urine, skin, colon and lungs. Therefore, we must take in 2 liters of water daily. This is non negotiable. Our bodies simply do not function optimally without adequate hydration. Studies have found that water started showing up in the bloodstream within five minutes of drinking!
Are you getting enough water? The ultimate Water quiz:
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may not be drinking enough water. Dehydration can imbalance your own ecosystem causing you to live in a desert of your own making. Did you know that the first symptom of chronic dehydration is loss of thirst? If you don’t feel thirsty, place a pinch of Celtic salt under your tongue and you will want a glass of water.
Do you have swollen ankles? Barbara O’Neill ND states that swollen ankles indicate the water you are drinking is not getting into your cells. The means by which water is conveyed into the cells is known as the Sodium-Potassium pump. Our body is salty and needs salt plus minerals, especially magnesium. Studies show most Americans are magnesium deficient. By adding mineral rich salt to our diet we can absorb water more efficiently.
Dr. O’Neill also believes that a salt-free diet is extreme because we need salt but recommends against using table salt because of its lack of minerals. Sea water has 97 minerals which is very close to the fluid in our own body. Table salt is refined and has only 2 minerals, Celtic Salt has 82, Himalaya Salt has 75 and Real Salt has 60 minerals. Now that you know, choose your salt wisely.
How to stay hydrated?
Water is a precious blessing from our Creator. In the east, water is called “the gift of God.” Let us honor our Maker by taking care of our body temple for we have been bought with a great price.
“In health and in sickness, pure water is one of Heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided . . .” CD 419.1