Whether you are reaching for it during your meal to help digestion or after a hard work out, water is what our bodies crave. Most would agree that water is the liquid that keeps us going. It is essential for vital chemical reactions necessary to sustain life. When we travel to distant places like the moon or mars we are looking for water as sign of life. In fact every cell, tissue and organ in you body are mostly made of water. Water is arguably the most abundant molecule on earth. It truly is the liquid of life.
But what makes water so important?
As much as 70% of our body weight is made of water. Water is used in our bodies for many things from absorption of vital nutrients to diluting toxins that build up in our body and even skin elasticity (Yes it helps keep those wrinkles away). Without water dehydration can set in leading to headaches, muscle weakness and lightheadedness as toxins build up in our bodies. Many of the aches and pains that we feel are often symptoms of dehydration so we must replace water daily.
Which brings up the question, “how much water should I drink?”. Commonly the best response is “it depends”. High sugar, fatty diets and caffeine use increases the need for water. These substance pull water from your cells and tissues to aid in digestion or excretion. A useful GUIDELINE is to drink nearly half your body weight in ounces of water daily (example: someone that weighs 120 pounds should try to drink as much as 60 ounces of water a day). Some may need more and some may need less depending on activity level and other health considerations. It is ideal to consume that much water daily to ensure that we have removed potentially dangerous toxins.
The other side of the coin is that right now our water is filled with numerous toxins. Years of improper disposal of hazardous materials, petroleum products and pharmaceuticals have left our drinking water quality suspect. Community drinking water is tested for virulence and some heavy metals. However, did you know the highest levels of toxins in our water system are often due to improperly disposed pharmaceuticals. While we are trying to hydrate our bodies we are often getting high levels of estrogen, antidepressants and statin drugs. This is why it is important to filter your water, and there are a number of ways you can work to reduce the toxins in your water. Activated carbon filters and reverse osmosis are the most popular.
Proper hydration plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle. Make drinking adequate amounts of clean water a priority on your path towards a healthy lifestyle.