Water - The Foundation To A Healthy Body
Until recently, most medical theory was based on the assumption that the 20% of our body that is solid tissue is what determined our health. The reason behind this assumption is that most outward signs of disease and illness are found in solid tissue. It was thought that the 80% of our body that is liquid merely supported the structure of bone and organ tissue. We now know the opposite to be true; the fluids that flow through our body are what create our level of wellbeing. The human body is a water machine, designed to run primarily on water and minerals. By weight, our body is about 72% water, 8% chemical compounds, and 20% bone and solid tissue. From the most basic standpoint, it is a common sense equation: if we are made up of 72% plain water, then, naturally, the quality of the water we consume will have a very dramatic impact on our overall state of health. Every healing and life giving process that happens in our body happens through water!
In just the last decade, medical science has begun to focus on the tremendous healing ability the body has and how much that ability depends on water. The body instinctively strives to be young and healthy; each component works in amazing harmony to bond broken bones, regenerate and replace damaged tissue, and attack and destroy hostile organisms. In each of these miraculous processes there is one common factor...WATER!
Our blood, the very substance of our existence, is more than 83% water and flows throughout our body, distributing nutrients, oxygen, and antibodies on demand.
In order for the blood to properly carry out its many critical tasks, the body must be sufficiently hydrated with “healthy water.” An inadequate intake of water (or consumption of water laced with contaminants) causes the properties of our blood to change and negatively affects virtually every aspect of our health.
Our brain is over 75% water and controls each and every process that happens inside of our body.
This control is maintained by constantly sending and receiving electrical signals throughout the nervous system, which is, in reality, nothing more than an elaborate system of tiny waterways. The fluid inside our nerves is made up almost completely of water and minerals. Tiny messengers called transporter proteins travel at the speed of light and carry these life-giving messages to every cell and organ in our body. Like any communication network, the purity of the carrier, our nervous system, affects the speed and clarity of the signal. If the fluid inside of our nerves is laced with traces of chemicals or heavy metals like lead, the result is a delayed and distorted signal. Many experts now believe, and numerous studies show, that the distortion of these signals may be the root cause of many nervous system disorders like Attention Deficit Disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression. It has been well documented that the clarity of these signals has a major effect on our ability to deal with stress and our degree of coordination. Considering the vital role that water plays in our brain and nervous system, its quality is possibly the most basic and essential key to healthful longevity.
Our energy level is impacted largely by our consumption of water. It has been medically proven that just a 5% drop in body fluids will cause a 25% to 30% loss of energy in most people; a 15% drop causes death! It is also estimated that more than 2/3 of all people do not drink enough water and suffer some degree of dehydration. The result is that a large part of our population operates at only 70 to 75% of their capacity, or less. Unfortunately, most people turn to stimulants like caffeine and sugar to boost their energy level. rather than drinking more water, which is what our body needs to produce natural energy. Caffeine, alcohol, and sugar are all strong diuretics and actually cause the body to lose water, resulting in a further loss of natural energy production and eventually leading to a dependency on artificial energy.
A large part of the body's energy comes from a compound called ATP, Adenosine-Tri-Phosphate, which is produced during the flow of water through the cell membrane to generate hydroelectric energy. ATP is then stored in energy pools and used as chemical energy in our body. Proper mineral content of our body fluids and the absence of contaminants create the proper environment for this natural energy production.
The body is a complex Hydro Generator, using the elements of nature to become the miracle machine it was intended to be. The purity of the water we drink greatly impacts our strength and energy level. Any time a toxic chemical (chlorine included) gets inside our body, we must then use up some of our strength and energy to reduce and repair the damage done by that contaminant. Water is also what our liver uses to metabolize fat into usable energy. Drinking an abundance of clean, chemical-free water speeds up our metabolism and allows our body to assimilate nutrients better, resulting in increased strength and energy.
Our body's detoxification system is probably the single most important component to optimum health. It is also the one process that relies most heavily on an excess intake of clean water. We have all heard it said that we should drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day. However, drinking the minimum will only help maintain a minimum level of health. Our body will use at least 8 glasses of water each day under normal, relatively passive activity to maintain basic bodily functions like digestion, temperature control, joint lubrication, and skin hydration. Each time we exhale, blink our eyes, or make any kind of movement at all, we use up some of the available water in our system. Even the constant beating of our heart is a water consuming process. We are continuously depleting the available water level inside our body. In order for our body to properly perform the essential task of filtering and flushing out toxins, we must consume a level of water above the minimum. The larger the water excess, the more our body is able to rid itself of the elements that promote disease and aging. It is a beautifully simple process that can make a tremendous difference in the degree of health we achieve and maintain. Still, we have to let it happen by consuming an abundance of clean, healthy water!
A healthy recommendation for water consumption would be at least 10-12 glasses each day, with optimum benefits reached at 14 to 16 glasses a day. (Caffeinated or sweetened beverages should not be counted towards your daily water intake, as they actually cause the body to excrete water.)
It is possibly the best health enhancement habit you can develop and it is so simple: a glass of water every one to two hours. Try it: drink at least 10 glasses of water every day for just one week and you will be amazed at how much better you feel!
Just as important as quantity to proper detoxification is quality. If we consume water that already contains traces of harsh chemicals, like chlorine or any of the other 2100 different synthetic chemicals that have already been detected in our water supplies, then that water does not have the same ability to pick up and remove chemical contaminants from our body. Water that is free from contaminants can take on and remove toxins that find their way into our system through other means. We are constantly exposed to and ingest a wide variety of harmful chemicals. Everything from the foods we eat (which contain artificial preservatives, colors, and pesticide residue) to the clothes we wear (which harbor traces of laundry and dry cleaning chemicals that are absorbed through our skin) exposes us to toxins. The air we breathe and virtually everything we touch contains potentially harmful chemicals that are taken in by our body. It is difficult, if not impossible, to maintain the purity of the air we breathe, the things we touch and the foods we eat. This fact only makes the purity of our water even more important. Our water quality is the only part of our personal environment that we can easily and effectively control. With an abundant intake of clean, healthy water, we allow our body to perform all the healing processes it is naturally capable of.
In this age of fast food, synthetic medicines, and complex lifestyles, we tend to overlook the obvious facts. Our body is a water machine, performing millions of life-giving tasks with each passing second. In each of these synchronized miracles there is one primary ingredient: WATER!
A study of the human body can only lead to an overwhelming appreciation and respect for its creator. Keeping our body clean on the inside is not only essential to good health; it is also an action of appreciation for such a wondrous gift: LIFE!
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