Water – Give Me Water!
Wait – grab a bottle of water to drink while you read this. Yes, medical personnel caution us that most people are at least slightly dehydrated most of the time. Our bodies require a lot of water: youngsters are prone to drink sweetened fluids, and older, more sedentary folks just don’t bother to drink enough. This becomes a habit – a lazy habit. And the ensuing dehydration reduces our energy. Be mindful of this need. Remember, water is essential to life. It provides energy to every cell in your body. And you may recall that a raisin is a dehydrated grape.
Heart Attacks and Dehydration
Medical consultants are encouraging everyone to drink eight ounces of water upon awakening each morning. Most heart attacks occur in the early morning and are thought to often be precipitated by dehydration. Make it a point to put a bottle of water on your nightstand: when your morning alarm goes off, start drinking. The water also awakens all of your bodily systems and starts your day going well from the very onset.
To enhance the flavor and encourage your intake of proper amounts of water, plan ahead. Perhaps you would want to make up a jug of water, add thinly sliced lemon, lime and/or orange slices, refrigerate to a chill for a couple of hours. There you have it – infused water – a delicious replacement for sweetened drinks. Try three orange slices and two lemon slices in 32 ounces of water. Squeeze the juice from the ends that are cut off. Very refreshing and simple to do.
What’s the Big Deal About Drinking Water?
What’s the big deal about drinking water? Water is the principal component of your body, making up about 60 percent of your body weight. Our brain is 75% water. Your body is dependent upon water for survival. In the heat of summer, intravenous fluids are often administered to dehydrated athletes and outdoor workers. It is usually the first treatment started upon arriving in an emergency room for any illness or trauma. Water is indeed life-saving. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function properly.
Water is utilized in your body to:
- Rid the body of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
- Lubricate and cushion body joints
- Maintain normal body temperature
- Protect sensitive tissues
So, how much water does the average person need a day?
Estimates usually include in the totals the fluid derived from any type drink or from water filled foods. Fruits like watermelon add to that total, of course. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 cups a day for women. About 20 percent usually comes from food. The old recommendation of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day is reasonable. The need varies according to how much you sweat, exercise, do active work, etc. Also, in hot, humid weather more fluids may be required. When you purchase your discount vacation to the beach, be sure to remember that you will need extra hydration. A pregnant woman or nursing mother will need more fluids. Your doctor may up your fluid intake if you have fever, urinary tract infection or other infection. Your urine should be very light yellow or colorless when properly hydrated.
Some Benefits of Drinking Water
Water is lifesaving, energizing, and very affordable. Hydrated skin looks youthful vs dehydrated skin that appears dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Hydrated joints become more flexible and pain free. We cannot live without sufficient water intake. As you up your activity level, be sure to up your fluid intake. Sometimes I “forget” to drink when I am involved in a project on the computer for instance. Perhaps we need to set a reminder on one of our devices to tell us that it is time to drink. Much like my Fitbit watch reminds me hourly to get up and move for at least 250 steps. It is that important to do both in order to develop and maintain optimal health. We want to be productive and feel great: we must make the effort required.
Hydration and Aging Well
Tongue in cheek, it is considered rather cool by the younger set to always have a cool looking water bottle or thermal cup in hand. The older person, even those who are aging well, most risks dehydration could perhaps add this to our persona, thus promoting our cool and modern lifestyle. Seriously, it is all about health – the healthy body makes work and fun easier and more pleasing.
MonaVie Active Acai Berry Juice
For the last dozen years or so I have added the benefits of a health supplement containing among other natural fruits, the amazing Acai Berry juice from the rain forests of Brazil. I drink two ounces each morning in the form of MonaVie Active. The acai berry is loaded with powerful plant compounds that act as antioxidants, known to benefit all around better health. These antioxidants are known to neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals that can lead to many diseases, including cancer and coronary disease. I know that MonaVie has helped me maintain mobility and flexibility.
Choose Water Over Sweetened Drinks
Teach your children the value of water breaks. Wean them from sweetened drinks. Their taste will change and crave pure water. It becomes a wonderful habit, producing more healthful and active children. Combine that with healthy, low sugar diet and adequate sleep. Watch as we all benefit from this modicum of simplicity and rejuvenation.
Appreciate Your Clean Water
As absurd as this may sound, and I cannot begin to address the disparity of the situation, statistics show that 884,000,000 people in the world lack adequate clean drinking water. I have traveled in the villages of third world countries in Africa and have seen deplorable water supplies even as efforts were being made to drill water wells. Much of the poverty is related to the constant illnesses caused by unclean water. Many organizations are working to change this condition and Christian organizations are sharing the Living Water of Jesus Christ along with clean drinking water. Health, wealth, education and opportunities all are enhanced when a clean water supply reaches people groups. One of those organizations with which I am familiar is BucketMinistry.org. They are doing amazing work in this area.
Teach your children how to appreciate clean water; how to save water; and how to share this gift around the world. And teach them the value of daily consumption of the commodity of clean and safe water that we enjoy in America.