By Linda Goodman:
Hydration is one of very few primary needs for human beings. Like Mother Earth, we should be about 70-75+% water. But what role does water play in our body?
A healthy sedentary adult living in a temperate climate should drink 1.5 liters/quarts of water per day. An athletic person up to a gallon. DESERT PEOPLE(US) need 2-3 LTRS This threshold of drinking water enables to balance water losses and keep one’s body properly hydrated. Water is a major constituent of our bodies and vital organs. It provides five vital functions in our body :
The 5 functions of water in our body Water is involved in many of our body’s vital functions. Flows and moisturizers our whole body Here’s to name a few:
- Cell life Water is a carrier, distributing essential nutrients to cells, such as minerals, vitamins and glucose. PROTECTS OUR ORGANS AND JOINTS!
- Chemical and metabolic reactions–Water removes waste products including toxins that the organs’ cells reject, and removes them through urines and feces.
- Transport of nutrients—Water participates in the biochemical break-down of what we eat. ACTUALLY MOISTURIZES THE AIR IN OUR LUNGS! Helps with illnesses.
- Body temperature regulation. Water has a large heat capacity which helps limit changes in body temperature in a warm or a cold environment. Water allows the body to release heat when ambient temperature is higher than body temperature. The body begins to sweat, and the evaporation of water from the skin surface very efficiently cools the body. KEEP A GLASS HANDY (**see below suggestion to do once a day)
- Elimination of water—Water is an effective lubricant around joints. It also acts as a shock absorber for eyes, brain, spinal cord and even for the fetus through amniotic fluid.
Water is at the center of life. This is why nobody can live more than 3 to 5 days without any water intake. Without it our brains begin to shrivel (made up of 90% h20) , and we lose cognitive skills, less oxygen to all parts of the body, and muscles (made up of 75% h20) will atrophied. Blood is 83 % H20 and bones 22%!
Linda Goodman of the Nevada Spine Institute can be reached at 702-450-0990.