Water for Health

It is no great secret that drinking plenty of plain water is good for you, your body, your digestion and your health overall. Learn why this is and how getting into the habit of consuming around eight glasses of water per day can make a huge difference to your life.

It's easy enough to find the facts about how water interacts with the human body on many levels. Rather than bore you with statistics and factual details (of which sources I have linked to throughout his article), I'll tell you what you should know in everyday language.

Hydration

drink water for healthSince the body is made up of around 70% water, our close relationship with this most fundamental of liquids is obvious.

But how many people actually realize that for the body to keep working at its optimal level of efficiency, we need to maintain that level of hydration all the time?

Many people are simply not aware of the importance of keeping our hydration levels at their peak. A large number of people regularly allow themselves to become partially dehydrated by not drinking enough liquids and the results are often painful reminders of what they need to do.

Headaches, lack of energy or lethargy, tiredness, lack of enthusiasm, digestive problems, urinary tract problems and a variety of aches and pains can often be traced back to dehydration. That means many of these symptoms can be reversed by drinking more water, more often throughout the day.

Long-term dehydration, especially when it has been allowed to become acute can lead to more serious problems.

These can include the risk of strokes, high blood pressure and heart problems, as well as renal problems as the kidneys are forced to work harder with lower levels of liquid to work with.

How to Hydrate Properly

There are some health-related do's and do not's when it comes to correct hydration and I'll list the more common of these below:

Do Not's

The following are commonly done by many people but although they still help with hydration, they can have related health issues associated with them:

  • Drinking soda and other sweetened drinks
  • Drinking hot beverages with sugar or sweeteners added
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages (especially beer to quench the thirst)

The main problem with the above beverages is they contain a lot of sugar, which is detrimental to health and can (and often does) result in weight gain. In the case of beer or other alcoholic drinks, while they do hydrate to begin with, the alcohol acts as a dehydrating agent, effectively causing the body to lose more moisture than is taken in through the drinks.

The same dehydrating effect is experienced when drinking coffee and tea.

Do's

Instead of drinking commercially available drinks that come in cans, bottles, tetra packs or other containers, do this:

  • Drink plain water (preferably bottled or filtered)

That's a very short list of do's, but it's the best, most effective and healthy way to stay hydrated!

Why Not Drink Tap Water?

Being properly hydrated also goes a long way to improving our healthy mental attitude towards life, which is in itself a positive health marker.

avoid drinking tap waterHowever, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the water that comes out of the tap in most homes in most Western countries.

Despite the attempts to supply a clean flow of water to homes and workplaces by the authorities, there is a hidden monster lurking in plain sight.

That monster has a name and it is called Sodium Fluoride.

Many generations have been led to believe that fluoride is added to drinking water to improve dental health and reduce the instances of tooth decay.

While there is some truth in that belief, the real reason that substance is there has been kept from us.

Without going deeply into the whole conspiracy theory of the authorities using fluoride as a form of mass control (yes, really!), suffice it to say that it's presence in the body has a negative effect on brain function.

In particular the functioning of the pineal gland, which is a small endocrine gland situated in the center of the brain.

The slow, continual build-up of fluoride in the body results in the calcification of the pineal gland, effectively reducing its ability to function as it is meant to.

Aside from the theories that the pineal gland is our center of psychic ability (it is known as the "Third Eye" or 6th Chakra), this gland is also responsible for secreting two important hormones:

These two hormones regulate our sleep and our mood and are vital for the body's self-healing during sleep and optimal functioning while awake. If you want to find out more about these hormones, click either word which is linked to a respective informative resource.

The best way to limit the amount of fluoride the boy absorbs is to only drink bottled natural spring water (from verifiable sources) or have a reverse osmosis water filter fitted under the kitchen sink. This is the only way to filter out fluoride from drinking water as well as other trace amounts of heavy metals and pathogens.

Water is Good for Digestion

Before each meal, it is a very good idea to drink a glass of plain water. This sets up the digestive system to process the food more effectively, leading to better nutrient uptake and lower levels of fat storage.

Often, simply drinking a glass of water when we feel hungry can stave off that feeling. That's because often the stomach can't discern between the need for food and the body's need for rehydration and it sends signals to the brain to make us feel hunger when we're not actually in need of food.

This is a technique used by people as part of a weight loss strategy and it can be very effective at limiting the daily calorie intake from unnecessary food.

How Water Helps You Lose Weight

What follows is a real life account from a reader who wrote in about their aunt's experience with using water as a weight loss aid. The results are quite interesting and it just goes to show that shedding weight can be done easily and extremely cheaply when you know where to look for the right kinds of help!



"My aunt had been trying to lose quite a lot of weight for quite a long time but never really seemed to have much success. She had tried many diets and plans, but whatever she tried always failed because something got in her way, as she used to say. Of course, nothing really got in her way, but it was more like she always got started with her latest strategy only to find a few days later that she was already bored with the diet or didn't like doing the exercises that she had set out for herself. Then she heard about how drinking water can help you to lose weight. She thought it was one of the strangest tips for losing weight she had ever heard, but instead of dismissing it out of hand, she decided to try it. After all, what had she to lose?

Well, she made sure there was no juice or soda in the house and started drinking a large glass of water before each meal plus several smaller glasses throughout the day. The first thing she was amazed at was how she didn't feel so hungry and could never finish her meals because she was always full. She started losing weight fast and dropped six pounds in her first week. After that she continued losing weight at the rate of about three to four pounds per week and after two months of this, had lost an incredible 32 pounds before her weight seemed to stabilize. She naturally was very happy and continues drinking water to this day and the best part is she never gained the weight back again."

- Name withheld on request.


So you see drinking water is an excellent addition to anyone's weight loss arsenal of weapons in the fight against the expanding waistline. If you had never thought of it before, its something you can try with no risk as water is probably the most natural think we can drink in the world!