The Hype About Water
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Water. We know it's important that we consume 8 glasses of water a day. The bible even mentions drinking water in Ezekiel 4:11. It says, "Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink."
So, why exactly is water so important? Here are just a few facts I have found concerning the matter of water:
The body is 75% water.
The brain is 85%
Blood is 80%
Muscle is 75%
Water is the lubricant of all moving parts. It is the regulator of body temperature. When there is a deficiency of water, the process of elimination will continue, but to do so the blood and tissues will be robbed of some of their water content. This hinders there normal functions and can cause headaches, tiredness, and constipation, to name a few. It causes your pores to not be able to eliminate wastes from the body properly.
It is very important to keep your body stored with water because it keeps your metabolism running properly. When we begin to dehydrate it is like our car running out of oil. It will cause the engine to eventually break down. It's the same way with our bodies. We need to maintain our fluids with 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
I decided to start drinking water more consistently back in early June. I am a tea drinking southerner and had to wean myself from my tea. It was very hard to do, but I am now drinking lots of water a day and feel so much better.
To start off, I went and bought a 32 ounce sports bottle. I decided that 8 glasses of water is 64 ounces, so I needed to try to drink my sport bottle of water twice a day. This made it very easy for me to measure how much I was drinking. Also, it allows me to fill it up and leave it in the fridge to stay cold and I can drink it throughout the day. I also use it during my workouts.
That's how the need for water started for me. I started off just forcing myself to drink the full 64 ounces a day, but steadily my body started craving it. I am now drinking about 96 ounces a day. Yep, you read that right. I currently go through my sports bottle of water about 3 times a day. Sometimes it's only 2-1/2, but I have noticed over the last week or so I have been drinking more. My body just wants water.
I notice now when I wake up in the mornings my hands are not near as swollen and if they are after that much water it's generally because I went over my sodium the previous day. I feel better. My muscles seem to not be as sore after a workout. My facial breakouts have gone way down! I just can't imagine now how I ever went without drinking all this water.
Now, I highly recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. I have found that the "hype about water" isn't a "hype" at all! It is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. If the facts I listed at the beginning don't convince you, I hope that you will at least try it and see what it does for you.
Honestly, the sports bottle has helped me the most, because I can see exactly how much I am drinking. Most of the time I drink a full sports bottle just in my 1 - 1.5 hour workout each morning! Then I drink another bottle full through the noon day and then another throughout the late afternoon and evening.
So, go ahead. Try to drink 6 glasses a day to start out and work your way up. You will be glad you did!
I love my water!