For as long as I can remember, I was always being told to drink more water. I just did’t get it. There is nothing in water, it’s clear, has no taste, and makes you go to the bathroom a lot.
As I got older, I heard this even more but with the added “you are dehydrated.” My illogical thinking was that I WAS drinking plenty of water. In my coffee, tea, soda, and even certain foods. However, the more I really started paying attention to my body was telling me (through health issues) and trying to consume healthy foods, I still continued to dismiss the health benefits of water.
Over the years, I have gone back and forth with my water intake, but my most recent quest into better health has me taking supplements and herbal tinctures 6 times a day. With that, I drink 80 oz + water per day!
And let me just say how wrong I have been all of these years. If your mouth and lips are dry, you are thirsty and you need more water. I walked around with a drink (non-alcoholic) in my hand every where I went for years. Unfortunately, it was not water which made me even more thirsty and dehydrated.
Water provides many health benefits for your body. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, up to 60% of the human adult body is water. The brain and heart are composed of 73% water and the lungs are about 83% water.
If we do not replace the water that our body expels through exercise, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol, ect.., the healing ability of our body cannot occur naturally. In fact, just a 5% drop in body fluids will cause 25-30% loss of energy and a 15% drop will cause death. (Global Healing Center)
The ultimate guideline to rehydrate your body is to increase your water intake by 8 oz per day until you reach half of your body weight in oz. (Ex: weight is 150 lbs, you need 75 oz per day). You will need to add an additional 8 oz after exercise, sweating, and drinking or eating acidic beverages and foods.
Needless to say that after I reached my water untake goal, I have 100% more energy than normal and NO brain fog. I have had several compliments on the look of my skin and my joints do not hurt as they once did.
I hope that you take a look at the overall health and wellness benefits of this pure and natural resource…..WATER!!