Many of us know that we are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water every day.
But it can be hard work to do this. In fact, we might actually need to drink even more water than this, because today we are exposed to so many more toxins and chemicals that for our bodies to be able to detox (to flush out the toxins that make their way in) we have to drink more water than the minimum level.
The more we drink the more we allow our bodies to purify themselves
When we become dehydrated, the body instinctively begins to ration water to each organ in order of importance – the brain would get the most water and the skin would get the least. The body has to do what is necessary to survive. I am sure you did not know that dry skin or dandruff are actually signs of advanced dehydration.
Some interesting facts about dehydration in the US population
Bobby McCauley in his article
tells us that:
- 75% of the population is chronically dehydrated.
- 37% of the population has such a weak thirst mechanism that it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Just mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
- One glass of water deters hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a University of Washington study.
- The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.
- Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
- A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page and finally...
- Drinking 8 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79% and developing bladder cancer by 50%.
Interesting and thought provoking, don’t you think?
And he doesn’t even cover other points like drinking plenty of water can prevent hemorrhoids
and anal fissures
, stretch marks
, cellulite and more.
Thirst can be mistaken for hunger pains
Could this not be a factor in the ever present and rising obesity in the US population?
Many of us think that we have to use bottled water. But why do we contribute to the bottling companies' huge profits? More than a quarter of all bottled water is straight from the tap anyway (it is usually processed to removed odors but not contaminants) and then it is put into plastic bottles and sent vast distances (using up valuable resources in the process). 1.5 million barrels of crude oil are used every year just to make the bottles. It is not necessary for us to drink bottled water in the USA and those many other places with safe water.
If you are concerned about your water supply, invest in your own home water purification system for under $30 and then change the filter every few months.
How much water do you need to drink?
If you are worried about whether you are drinking enough water, here is a good guideline. If you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and you produce 1.5 liters of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably fine.
Putting aside all the other ways to improve our health, just increasing the quantity and quality of the water we drink is probably the most important health decision we can make. It is one of the cheapest and easiest too!