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Diet & Health >> Water Needs And Facts

Water Needs And Facts

Water is indispensable to us. We drink water everyday. But not many know about the healing capability of water. Water is essential to all detox regime for diluting and removing toxin accumulations. It is our most crucial detoxifier as it helps us cleanse our kidney, and improves our skin complexion and sweating with exercise. As t he saying goes, “Dilution is the solution to pollution.” 8 to 10 glasses a day (depending on body size and activity level) of clean, filtered water are recommended. Others suggest drinking distilled water during detox regime, as it does not contain minerals and other particles (toxins). Distilled water throws off our biochemical/electrical balance, and so regular, purified or clean spring water are preferred. 2 – 3 glasses of water 45 minutes before each meal (and at night) will help flush toxins during our body’s natural elimination time.

Water Tips and Salts

1) Lack of water is the primary cause of daytime fatigue and headaches.
2) 75% of Americans are dehydrated, particularly the elderly.
3) The thirst mechanism is often so weak that it can be mistaken for hunger.
4) Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism by as much as 3%, and more severe dehydration by 5%.
5) 1 glass of water stopped midnight hunger pangs for almost all of the dieters studied in University of Washington study.
6) Preliminary research indicates that 8 to 10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and join pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7) A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic maths, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.


How Much Water Should You Drink?

I personally do not count the glasses of water I drink a day. I drink as and when I feel like drinking, not wait till I am thirsty. But as a guide, I think it’s healthy to drink at least two quarts, which is 64 ounces or eight 8-ounce glasses. Yet, read on to see all the important factors in determining how much water you really require.

Drying Effects

Many factors affect your bodies need for water. You may need more or less drinking water depending on lifestyle, diet, medications, and so forth. For example, if you eat a lot of drying foods such as breads, crackers, salty foods, and high-fat or sugary foods, you will need more water just to process these foods through your digestive system. Also if you take in caffeine and other diuretics such as coffee, espresso, tea (black and green), chocolate, or caffeinated sodas (such as Coke, Pepsi, or Mountain Dew), you are flushing water and electrolytes out of your system and must replace that fluid and nutrients. Many lifestyle choices can be drying, such as drinking alcohol (wine, beer, and hard alcohol), smoking, recreational drugs and OTC (over the counter) drugs, chewing tobacco, and cigars, Also, if your environment is dry because you use high heat in your house or car or heavy blankets at night then you will have an increased need for water.

Hydrating Habits

On the other hand, if you eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and drink high-water-content juices and other liquids, such as almond and other nut milks, soy milk, or rice milk. Your daily need for water will be lower. Eating cooked whole grains and legumes add some further hydration; legumes are beans, peas, and lentils. They are full of beneficial soluble fibre such as gels and pectins that help hold onto water in your intestines, allowing your body to reabsorb water before it passes through you. Also EFAs (essential fatty acids) from fish and plants, such as flax and borage, are important dietary nutrients for water absorption into the cells.

Athlete’s Water Needs

Most people sweat when they work out and lose a considerable amount of water and electrolytes through their pores. A general guideline for water replacement is one quart of electrolyte water (32 ounces) for ever hour of heavy exercise. That includes hiking, running, swimming, lifting weights, tennis, yard work, cleaning house, and so forth.

What Are Electrolytes?

Potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and chloride are electrical conductors necessary for nerve and heart function, as well as supporting hydration.

Joel Guo
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