every cell in the body.
most important. Without it, we will be unable to maintain the water balance of the body which is as follows:
|WATER GAINED||WATER LOST|
|Fluid||Urine (1500 ml)|
|Food (water content)||Skin (900 ml)|
|Oxidation of hydrogen in food||Expired air (400 ml)
Faeces (200 ml)
|Total = 3 litres per day||Total = 3 litres per day|
drink about 2 litres of water every day. Fluids like tea, coffee and soft drinks do not count as water, and in fact are a cause of loss of water from the body, working like a diuretic; soft drinks use water from the body to process high level of sugar in the soft drink and you need to drink several glasses of water to correct the lost balance. A survey at Cornell University, New York indicated that 8 to 10 Glasses of water a day could reduce back and joint pains in up to 80% of sufferers, water also increases the metabolic rate of a body. Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, says chronic shortage of water may be a factor in chronic diseases and solution and prevention of these diseases is increased water intake on a regular basis. Dr. Batmanghelidj shows there are three stages of water regulation in the body in different phases of life:
PHASE 1 – The stage of life of a foetus in the uterus of the mother.
PHASE 2 – Phase of growth (anabolic) until full height and width is achieved (approximately 18 -25 year of age).
PHASE 3 – The stage of life from complete adulthood to death (catabolic).
Because of a gradual failing of thirst sensation in the later decades, our body becomes chronically and increasingly dehydrated. This thus affects activity at the cellular levels. Remember that water, the solvent of the body regulates all functions, including the activities of the solutes it dissolves and circulates. Histamine and other transmitters like prostaglandins and kinins become active to promote water intake. This excessive activity can cause allergies, asthma and chronic pains in the body. Dyspeptic pain is the most important signal in the body denoting dehydration. It is important to recognize that hunger often masks the need for water intake as well. The human body is 70% water and your blood is 90% water, thus water is truly the source of life. Most of us have 5 litres of blood all of which pass through the heart every 3 minutes, the heart beats about 1,00,000 times per day moving about eight tons each day. Everything in our body responds to our blood and extra cellular fluid. Most people have a very acidic biological terrain, which sets in motion a destructive cycle of imbalance, weight gain and disease. This means excess acid robs the blood of oxygen and metabolism slows making food digestion slow. Hence, restoring hydration and alkaline terrain greatly improves the body functions
- Drink every 2-3 hours and at least 2 litres in 24 hours.
- Drink throughout the day, don’t wait till you are thirsty or hungry.
- Drink an extra litre for each hour of exercise you may do.
- Drink extra in the hot summer months.