Most of us don’t drink enough water. In fact, most of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it. Here are some interesting facts about water:
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters in University of Washington study.
Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
Research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
An increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits because if the kidneys don’t have enough fluid to function properly, the liver is too busy taking up the slack to do its other job – burning stored fat.
Water makes up about the same percentage of our bodies as it does our planet – approximately 70%. And, since our bodies are continually using water, a conscious effort to maintain hydration by replacing lost water is vitally important.
Because water is needed for virtually every biological process, chemical reaction and mechanical action that takes place in the body, it is crucial to mental and physical performance. As a major component of the blood, water is the delivery system that gets oxygen to each cell of the brain and body. Within the lymphatic system, water carries away waste products as well. It ionizes salts, producing the electrolytes necessary for electrical activity across the cell membranes. It enables us to move our joints and digest our food. Water is essential for proper use of protein in the body and for the development of the nerve network during learning.
Most people wait until they feel thirsty before drinking water, but thirst lags far behind the body’s water needs. If, for instance, you carry out an exercise program and you rely solely on thirst to remind you to replenish water, it may take your body a full 24 hours after each workout to return to proper hydration levels.
Even as you sit and read this page, your body is maintaining a constant, light perspiration, and more strenuous activities increase the amount of perspiration lost. You even lose water (in the form of vapor) every time you exhale!
If you live in a typical home you’re using still more water, since air-conditioned or heated air robs the body of its normal hydration. On a typical day, two and one-half to three quarts of water leave your body. If you exercise for an hour, or if you live in a dry climate, that could add up to another quart.
You can see why we all need to take frequent sips of good-quality water throughout the course of each day. There is surely no simpler, more natural way to both feel and function better. For the greatest health benefits, drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.