Body: Pure Water

   Water is the most abundant of the essential nutrients in our body, representing between 50 and 75% of our total body weight. It is present in all the tissues of the body, cells and even bones, of which one third is water. Although it may be possible to live without food for several weeks; without water, we could only live for a few days. Dehydration can reduce attention and concentration by 13%; it can also affect our short term memory.

Benefits of Water:  
  1. Digestion
  2. Clear skin, removing toxins from the body
  3. Improving concentration and promoting emotional wellbeing
  4. Reducing headaches
  5. Joint and muscle health
  6. Temperature regulation
  7. Physical performance
  8. Cleansing
  9. Weight loss
  10. Metabolism
  11. Protection from dehydration

Approximately two-thirds of water in the body us situated within the cells and that which remains outside within the tissues. Water has the following important functions: a) as a medium for nutrients to be taken up by the body, b) as a means of transporting nutrients and oxygen, waste material within blood, enabling them to be removed from the body.

Other functions of water include:  
It is important that the body maintains a balance between the intake and loss of water within the body. An inadequate supply of water within the body will reduce the blood supply, starving the cells of vital oxygen and nutrients, and inhibiting tissue repair. The majority of water comes from our diet in food and fluid intake. Up to 2 litres of water is Water is eliminated via lungs, skin, urine and intestines. It is recommended that 6-8 glasses of water are drunk daily.

Increasing your water intake:  
  1. Drink water before you feel thirsty, by the time you do, your body has lost between 2-5 cups of water.
  2. Kick start your digestive systems with a cup of hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
  3. Drink water, diluted juice or herbal teas instead of tea or coffee which have a diuretic effect. Alcohol can also cause loss of water from the body.
  4. Keep a bottle of water nearby to sip throughout the day.
  5. Incorporate a routine which increases your water intake throughout. the day- drinking before and during each meal.
  6. Drink warm water when cold to avoid dehydration caused by tea or coffee.
  7. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetable for their high water intake.
Checking for reduced fluid intake:  
Pinch the back of your hand. If the skin snaps back quickly you probably have sufficient fluid intake, if not, you may be dehydrated. Check the colour of your urine during the day- the more transparent, the more hydrated, aim for straw-coloured urine.

(source: hopecalls.org)



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