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The Importance of Water

Written by Ivan Sutton

We have all heard of the importance of drinking 8 glasses of water a day.  But how many of us have actually tried it.   I am sure there are fewer hands up.  And how many still with hands raised were able to sustain the 8 glasses of water for any significant amount of time, even for 1 – 3 months?

I have tried and find it sometimes easier to have eight glasses of a combination of water, juice, pop and coffee.  I gave very little thought to the need for water until recently when speaking with some young folks in Brantford, ON. They told me that they have maybe 8 glasses of water in a month, opting for juices, milk and pop instead.  And they seem to be just fine.

So how many glasses of water do we need, what is the benefit to drinking water and what will happen if we don’t have 8 glasses of water daily.

The Mayo Clinic says:

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

Did You Know…?

Water in body

courtesy of the Mayo Clinic

  • Muscle consists of 75% water
  • Brain consists of 90% of water
  • Bone consists of 22% of water
  • Blood consists of 83% water

The functions of water in human body are vital. The water:

  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
  • Natural Headache remedy
  • Moisturizes the air in lungs
  • Helps with metabolism
  • Can lower rish of heart attack
  • Prevents cramps and sprains
  • Acts as an appetite suppressant
  • Reduces the risk of colon, breast, and bladder cancer
  • Protects our vital organ
  • Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Detoxifies
  • Helps with sun stroke
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Protects and moisturizes our joints
  • Promotes weight loss

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its  effectiveness on  the  body:

2 glasses  of water after waking up –  helps activate  internal organs

1 glass  of water 30  minutes before a  meal – helps  digestion

1 glass  of water before taking a bath – helps  lower blood pressure

1 glass  of water before going to bed –  helps to avoids stroke or heart  attack

The challenge for me and I invite you to take the challenge with me is to drink a minimum of 9 glasses of water each day for 90 days.  Try reducing the amount of non-water drinks by 30% daily.  And walk consistently for 45 minutes every other day for 90 days.   Please send feedback to let us know what changes if any you have noticed in your body.

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