What’s so good about Water?

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:

  • Is your skin dry?
  • Do you have muscle cramps?
  • Are you constipation?
  • Do you feel tired and worn out?
  • Are headaches something you live with daily?
  • Do you feel anxious?
  • Do you feel depressed for no reason?
  • Do you experience heartburn after a meal?
  • Is lower back pain a way of life?
  • Are you experiencing chest pain?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • 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?

  • Sip at least 6-8 glasses of good water all day long. Good water is free from chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, aluminum and other impurities.
  • Drink 2 cups of water when you first get up. Warm is best. Drink a half an hour before your meal. Do not drink at mealtime. This dilutes gastric juice that aids digestion. Drinking water between meals also thickens the lining of the stomach which helps to prevent stomach issues.
  • Drink at room temperature – ice cold water may compromise digestion.
  • Avoid caffeine intake. When you consume caffeinated drinks your body will get rid of more water than is in the beverage causing dehydrating. Caffeine also depletes important minerals and nutrients.
  • Avoid Soda pop which is high in calories of no nutritional value. Many contain phosphoric acids which predispose bone loss and osteoporosis. A heavy user of soft drinks spills large amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals (from your bones) in their urine. Diet sodas contain aspartame which many claim triggers brain cell death. It takes approximately 32 ounces of high pH water to neutralize one soft drink.
  • Try herbal teas.
  • Next time you have a headache or feel anxious, instead of reaching for an Aspirin or Tylenol, try drinking a glass of GOOD water.
  • Add a slice of fresh lemon or lime with a few drops of maple syrup, honey or stevia to your glass of water.
  • Never drink any beverage that has a plastic taste! Never reuse plastic bottles. The safest type of bottled water to drink is from a glass bottle. Choosing bottled water that is high in pH significantly reduces leaching plastic into the water. Examples of high pH bottled water include Trinity, Penta, Essential and Fiji.
  • 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

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