Understanding Water and its Role in Our Bodies: Part 1

Since the beginning of time, humans have searched for the fountain of youth. The problem is that they have yet to find it. What if there were something out there that could slow aging or boost energy and improve health? The fact is that water is one of the closest things we have to a magic potion, yet most people still take it for granted. Most of us don’t consume enough of it even just to keep the body adequately hydrated. If the body isn’t properly hydrated, the major beneficial impacts it can have on energy, clarity and overall health will never come to fruition for the majority of the population. If we all paid more attention to consistently staying hydrated, there is a good chance that most of us could expect a higher quality of health. Our lifeblood is water and there is no substitute.

Water is arguably the most important thing you can put in your body. It plays a role in almost every bodily function from cell replication to detoxification. Studies now show that as we age, the body loses its natural craving to drink water. By the age of 27, we have all but lost our natural instinct to drink water. Due to diet and age, that natural thirst tends to fade. Add the fact that we are distracted with many other beverage options and the majority of people never even realize they are dehydrated. Just because this disappears with age does not mean we need less water and there is no other beverage out there that can replace what water does for us.

There is a simple rule you can follow to make sure you are staying hydrated daily: what you do is take half of your total body-weight and convert it to ounces. This is roughly how much you should drink on a daily basis. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you need 100 ounces a day to stay hydrated. This is a substantial jump in most people’s daily consumption. Remember, this is just the minimum amount needed to stay hydrated, this does not take into account the fact that other food or drinks we consume can leach water from our body. For example, if you drink one cup of coffee, you need four additional cups of water to replace what that one cup steals from your body. Yes, this is a lot for some of us but if we could just hit that daily minimum, it can have a drastic impact on our overall health. Learn more about the effects of dehydration on the body at the Mayo Clinic Website.

If you have ever been to the hospital you know that one of the first things they do for a patient is get an IV started. This IV contains saline, which is just salt and water. Before anything is prescribed or, in most cases, a diagnosis is given, you are pumped full of one of the simplest and most essential things the body needs: water. This is not a coincidence. If we just drank the suggested amount, the health and wellness industry would/could look drastically different and be a fraction of the size that it currently is.

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