The Wonder Of Water
How many glasses of just plain water does the average American drink? The truth for many is–hardly any. Many of us drink plenty of coffee, tea, and other beverages but we fall short on our water intake.
So why is water so essential? Well, our bodies are about 70 percent water and our kidneys process more than 47 gallons of it in a day. Without water we’d look like dried up raisins. Water to the body is like oil to a car engine. It’s the magic lubricant that makes everything else work. A drink of water is exactly what the body needs to function properly.
While Pepsi and Dr. Pepper may taste great , sodas and juices have calories that must be digested like food. The problem is that these calories can produce extra fat, blood sugar swings, and slowed digestion.
For every cola drink, caffeinated drink, or alcoholic drink be sure to drink an extra glass of water. These type of drinks work as diuretics and dehydrate the body, which can lead to fatigue, indigestion, dry skin, and headaches.
Water can naturally come to the rescue and help with many ailments. For instance, if you have a tendency to get heartburn drinking water every half hour will give you some relief by washing the acid out of your esophagus and diluting it.
How much water should you drink? Simply put, drink enough to keep your urine pale. Your body loses about 10 to 12 cups of water a day through the skin, lungs, urine, and feces. Food provides 2 to 4 cups of water, leaving about 8 glasses of water to drink.
Get into the habit of drinking water liberally. A drink of water is like an internal shower. It rinses the stomach lining and prepares for its work.
Water truly is a a no-calorie wonder. We can only live a few days without it. We all get enough to sustain us but most of us don’t drink enough for optimum functioning. Be good to yourself and start enjoying more of nature’s wonder fluid.
Reference: Health Power: Health By Choice by Aileen Ludington and Hans Diehl
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Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?