The importance of water
Water is second on the list of things you need to exist - right behind air and before food. Generally a person can live about 4 minutes without air, 4 days without water, and 40 days without food. However often, we find that people place eating before staying hydrated.
There is not a single organ in your body that does not require ample water. Ample body water helps with all your body functions including: cell creation, temperature regulation, equilibrium, lubrication for joints, bones and muscles, helps fight viral attacks, transports vitamins and minerals, and flushes waste and toxins.
As a good rule of thumb, by the time you feel "thirst" your body is already dehydrated.
Just a 2% dehydration rate can cause a 20% decline in your physical and mental performance. At a 5% water loss, headaches begin - mild to quite severe - drowsiness, loss of ability to concentrate and unreasonable impatience occurs. And at a 7% body water depletion there is a good chance a person could collapse.
The common myth is that any liquid replaces water - or any liquid will do a body just as good as water. However, the body requires water that is PURE H20 (hydrogen and oxygen), free of chemicals and inorganic minerals, to maintain homeostasis.
The main point is - only Water is water!
The best sources to get pure water are:
-fresh organically grown vegetables and fruits and their juices, which mother nature has purified.
-purified or distilled water.
-spring water, artesian, mineral or well water.
We understand how plain water can get boring! The best option is to flavor your water to keep it interesting and help you to stay hydrated. Adding citrus such as lemon or lime to your pure water can provide you with vitamin C and make a basic beverage zestier.
How much water do I need?
A good rule to follow is to get 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water per day. A person weighing 150 lbs. would require about 75 oz. of water. (There is a lot of information available stating 64 oz. is what is needed. This is the minimum amount of water required to keep an adult body functioning properly and most people do not even get this amount every day).
A few tips to remember are:
-Drinking adequate amounts of water is not only essential for body functions but also for weight loss. To enhance weight loss try replacing high calorie beverages, like sodas, juice or sweetened tea, with lemon or lime water. This can result in a significant calorie savings and help you to slim down.
-Hot weather or vigorous activity increase your hydration needs.
-Caffeinated beverages and salty foods create more burden on your kidneys therefore you should drink additional water when consuming either.
-Drinking two cups of water before meals will help you lose weight and stay hydrated.