Water For The Win
Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.
Most people are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration slows down the detoxification process that’s constantly taking place in the liver and digestive system. So it’s important you stay hydrated throughout your day in order to sleep well at night. Drink 3 to 4 liters (100 to 140 ounces) of water every day to stay hydrated.
It has been shown that drinking a gallon of water each day is optimal for your wellness and avoiding dehydration. That is a lot for most people, especially starting out, so many people start by at least taking their weight and dividing it by 2. Whatever the number drink that in ounces daily. For example 150 pound person would drink at least 75 ounces of water each day.
What Kind Of Water
The water you consume should be as pure and clean as possible. Avoid regular tap water at all costs. Even though it’s treated at the water filtration plant, it’s treated with high levels of bleach and they add fluorosilicic acid. Pharmaceuticals, hormones and chemotherapy drugs are also found. Reverse osmosis filters are breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus, so It is suggested to consume distilled water over spring water. Here’s why.
Water should be pure and doesn’t need to contain minerals as minerals should come from fruits and plants, not water. Artificially created alkaline water contains inorganic minerals that cause solidification in the body in the same way spring water does.
Inorganic minerals cause blockages in the arteries and cause calcifications on the organs. Inorganic minerals can’t be assimilated by the body unless they are chelated into organic molecules. The only minerals the body can absorb are organic minerals. Distilled water is produced similar to natures hydrologic cycle. Just as rain is produced from evaporation followed by condensation to liquid, water distillers produce rain in a chamber as regular tap water is heated and vaporized into sterilized steam and then condensed back to it’s original pure liquid state. All the contaminates are left behind to be disposed of. The result is 100% purified, clean water. I personally prefer and consume vapor distilled steam water primarily and then spring water if it’s all that I have access to.
You're advised to use distilled water in irons and steamers so you don’t clog up the iron and get dirty spots on your clothes, think about the pipes in your body in the same regard.
If you are very toxic, drinking distilled water may dehydrate at you at first because the body is removing toxins. Continuously drinking distilled water will help rid the toxins and better hydrate the body eventually. As you become healthier, your body won’t be dehydrated by it. So it may be wise to continue to drink spring water for the first few weeks of your journey, and as you’ve lost fat and toxins, then consider switching over. If you are unable to purchase a counter distiller, purchase distilled water from the store until you can.
WHY WATER IS IMPORTANT
Water makes up a large percentage of blood, and as you know, the blood brings oxygen, nutrients and your immune system throughout the body. Lymphatic fluids, part of your immune system, make up four times the volume of blood and are designed to remove waste products from the body. Essential systems throughout the body can become impaired if the body does not receive a safe and continuous supply of water. The majority of people today are chronically dehydrated, and over time, long-term health conditions can develop.
A lack of water is a choice for many (and punishment for others) as a majority of people choose to drink soda, sports drinks, caffeinated beverages, alcohol and sugary drinks, but unknowingly become further dehydrated. The dehydration process is essentially compounding itself and producing inflammation throughout the body.
Chronic inflammation can lead to a long list of serious medical conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, high blood sugar, obesity, pain disorders, depression and asthma to name a few. All of these conditions can also be linked to a chronic state of dehydration. Many doctors can't readily differentiate between dehydration causes of illness and other potential causes. This often leads to poor case management and further deterioration of someone’s condition.
Many symptoms are just warning signs or inflammatory signals that are designed to have a healing effect. Medications often turn these chemical signals off without addressing the underlying cause of them. This is the reason you stay in the cycle of illness, Most of today’s non-water drinks are considered diuretic or water expelling, and can actually prevent the body of ridding itself from harmful inflammatory by-products. The body stays in a continual cycle of constantly building itself up and breaking itself down. Every cell has its own lifecycle, it's born, it dies and is replaced. Inflammation can kill cells prematurely. This cellular death is a major contributor to the chronic medical conditions that were previously mentioned.
Effects of Dehydration
Dehydration inhibits the effectiveness of the lymphatic system and allows cellular waste products to linger and create further havoc. Research has found dehydration to have a negative affect on one’s brain and can contribute to the development of depression. The brain consumes vast amounts of glucose that is delivered via the blood supply. Dehydration affects the amount of overall blood volume that in return affects the brain.
Mild to moderate dehydration can also cause headaches, diminish memory and impair one’s ability to think clearly. Proper hydration is essential for nerve function throughout the body.
Nerves are sensitive and the body places a high priority to their health and maintenance. Once a nerve dies, there is no re-growth within the central nervous system. Micro streams exist along the length of the nerves and transport nutrients along microtubules to where the messages are being transmitted. Dehydration can disrupt these messages, often resulting in the sensation of pain, fatigue, low energy, loss of muscle strength and poor endurance.
Histamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a significant role in encouraging water intake during periods of dehydration. Elevated levels of histamine can also impact and contribute to asthma, depression and chronic pain. These conditions are often treated with anti-histamines and painkillers that essentially turn off signals of thirst.
Chronic inflammation and dehydration can alter one’s metabolism and promotes weight gain. Weight gain is one of the leading causes of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The brain and kidneys regulate the amount of water excreted by the body. When the blood volume is low through dehydration, the brain responds by stimulating a hormone that signals the kidneys to reabsorb and recirculate water.
There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases and many share the symptoms of dehydration. Often, the first symptoms of an autoimmune disorder are fatigue, muscle aches and a low fever – all signs of underlying inflammation.
Hunger is a major side effect of dehydration. The vast majority of people get their only water intake through the foods that they eat.
While it may be hard to drink enough water per day, water does play a significant role in the maintenance of your health and the prevention of disease.
COMMIT TO 100-130 OUNCES OF WATER DAILY. IF DRINKING HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IS EASIER TO START WITH, GO FOR IT AND WORK YOUR WAY UP TO A GALLON.
FIND A COUPLE OF DEDICATED WATER BOTTLES THAT HOLD 25 OZ TO MAKE IT EASIER TO TO CALCULATE HOW MUCH YOU'VE CONSUMED.