Necessity of Water
How much WATER did you drink today?
The average amount of water lost per day includes:
- Two cups through breathing
- Two cups through invisible perspiration
- Six cups through elimination
More water could also be lost through exercise or hard work, excessively dry air, and alcohol and caffeine consumption.
On average, we drink only one cup of water each day!
How much is enough?
There are many theories concerning how much water we need to consume each day to maintain good health. One rule of thumb is:
- For those who weigh 150 pounds or less – Five cups per day
- For every 20 pounds of body weight over 150 – One additional cup
- For those over 250 pounds, 12-13 cups
Are you drinking the amount of water you should everyday?
Just How Important Is Water?
- Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
- 75% of North Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
- Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. Studies have shown that with prolonged dehydration, brain cells actually begin to shrink. This small shrinkage will impair neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration, and slow thinking.
- Increased water consumption has been shown to help relieve migraine headaches, high blood cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis pain, allergies, and high blood pressure.
- 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.
- In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and substantially reduces the risk of developing bladder cancer.
- Without ample water intake, the pancreas is less efficient, acids in the stomach are not properly neutralized, and the functions of the intestine are inhibited. Over an extended period of time, this can lead to constipation, colitis pain, false appendicitis pain, and even hiatus hernia.
- Do not confuse water consumption with fluid consumption. Sodas and coffee are NOT an acceptable substitute. In fact, you need to consume even MORE water if you’re drinking sodas and coffee. Caffeine, one of the main components of most sodas, causes increased urine production and acts as a dehydrating agent.
This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive or complete. This information does NOT constitute medical advice and should NOT serve as the basis for any medical decisions by you. Please consult with a physician or other medical professional should you have questions regarding information contained in this article.
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