The human body contains 60 to 70% water. The brain contains 70% water, and the lungs are 90% water. But these organs are not static. Water moves in an out of them in everyday in a dynamic process. It is easy to see that without sufficient water intake on a daily basis, these organs would be unable to function at anything like an optimal level.
Without adequate water intake, the entire body would simply stop functioning. On the other hand, drinking enough water for your body size can alleviate or prevent many diseases.
The body primarily rids itself of toxins through urine, feces and sweat. Each of these is water based. When you don’t drink enough water are even mildly dehydrated, toxins cannot be eliminated at the rate they should be. They will instead remain in the bladder, bowel and skin, where they can actually be reabsorbed into the body. Many toxins found in the body are carcinogenic, and their rapid excretion is imperative for anyone who is looking for health.
Lack of water affects many body systems.
Proper digestion relies on water, the liver needs water to metabolize fat, and the bloodstream needs water to mobilize and remove toxins and get nutrients to cells.
We excrete 10 to 15 cups of fluid each day in urine, feces, sweat and through exhaling. What is lost must be replaced by fluid in food and drink. If you are getting enough water, your urine should be nearly colorless.
Here are some tips to make sure you are drinking enough water:
- Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up and when you go to bed.
- Carry a water bottle around with you at all times. This water is best if it is filtered, distilled or spring water, but not water that has been bottled in plastic.
- Drink a glass of water ½ hour before meals.
- Do not count sodas and caffeine containing beverages as part of your water intake. They actually deplete the body’s water supply and add to dehydration.
- Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. They are a great source of water.
- Take ¼ teaspoon of unrefined sea salt for each quart of water you drink, especially in hot weather or when exercising.
- If it is very hot, drink more water to make up for the water you are losing through perspiration.
- During hot weather exercise, drink small amounts of water with sea salt every 20 minutes.