Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; your blood that transport nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water.
Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink.
Dr. Batmanhelidj, author of The Body’s Many Cries For Water, shows in his pioneering work that Unintentional Chronic Dehydration (UCD) contributes to and even produces pain and many degenerative diseases that can be prevented and treated by increasing water intake on a regular basis.
If you are committed to a healthy lifestyle, make drinking enough natural water a habit in your life. It won’t take long for you to feel the benefit.
It is a free investment for your long-term health.
The Benefit of Drinking Water
The obvious benefit of drinking water is that it replenishes an ingredient that is essential to your body and in the course of a day, your body depletes itself of water through urine, sweat, and normal cellular activity.
Lack of adequate water slows down metabolism and interferes with healing, removal of toxins and old cells and rebuilding of new tissue. Therefore, drinking plenty of water is very important.
How much water should you drink? To prevent dehydration, you should drink a minimum, the number of pounds of your body weight divided by two, in ounces of water. Or in other words drink one ounce for each 2 pounds of body weight.
To calculate the number of 8 ounce glasses you should drink per day, divide your body weight in pounds by 16 and round up. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking ten, 8-ounce glasses of water.
If you are dehydrated, you should see an immediate benefit from drinking water. First, your bowel movements should become more regular. Next, if you are prone to pimples, these should clear up. You should notice that your skin is more moist. And these are only a few of the visible benefits of drinking water.
Remember, the calculation above is the minimum amount of water you need to prevent dehydration; not to cleanse your body of toxins. When you are on a cleansing program, you should be drinking at least twice that amount.
If you are doing for example a Liver Cleanse, toxins that were accumulated there will start flushing into your bloodstream. Your urinary system is one of the key methods of eliminating these toxins that are being pulled into solution in your body. Lack of water will make you feel sick; sort of like you would feel from a hangover. Therefore, regardless of which cleansing program you are on, you should be drinking even more than the recommended amount of water; perhaps up to twice the amount mentioned above.
You may find this difficult. In fact, you may find that you will have to urinate quite frequently when you first start drinking water at this rate. However, as your body gets used to it, the capacity of your bladder will increase and you may start to think of drinking this much water as natural.
Does coffee and sodas take the place of water? The above guideline is for how much water to drink; not soda, not coffee. They are not the same thing. Since soda or coffee have toxins and contaminants already mixed into them, their ability to cleanse your body are substantially diminished. Moreover, coffee is diuretic, which means you may have to urinate more frequently, thus negating the benefit of drinking water.
Furthermore soda drinks are very acidic. One coke for example will take the pH of ten gallons of water from 7.0 down to 4.5. In fact, to neutralize the negative effects of just one soda, you must drink 32 glasses of water. (See also Water Purification)
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