Quality of Life: Why Is Water So Important?

Our research into healthy living has led us to discover some interesting information about water and its role in vital health and longevity. Some facts: 

– Approximately 50% of Europeans are chronically dehydrated.

– In many cases the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

– Even MILD dehydration slows down metabolism as much as 3%.

– One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

– Lack of water is the primary trigger of daytime fatigue.

– Preliminary research indicates that 8 – 10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

– 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.

– Drinking just 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 one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
The key to a long life is to maintain the integrity of the internal fluids of the body by keeping hydrated with the right fluids, especially alkaline fluids to combat today’s acid rich environment (see previous issues Dec/Jan and Feb/Mar). As we get older the amount of water in the cells decreases by up to 50%, reducing our desire to hydrate and this in turn affects the efficiency of our cells. Simply put… The cell is only as healthy as the fluids it is bathed in! 

When we are born our bodies are about 90% water and 10% matter, but as an adult the body begins losing water, dehydration sets in and hydration falls to about 70% water and 30% matter. Upon death the body is only 50% water. In reality we die of dehydration!

Just because someone does not feel thirsty does not mean the cells in the body are not thirsty. An adult consists of approximately 43 to 45 litres of water. These waters need to be filtered, eliminated and replenished daily. If they are not, the rivers, streams and oceans of our body become polluted with digestive, respiratory and metabolic acids. When these acids build up we experience the symptoms of dehydration that we call disease. 

To hydrate the human body, it is recommended to drink at least one litre of water per 15kg of body weight per day. Not just any water either, but structured, mineralised and alkaline water will help to hydrate the cells. Proper hydration helps to maintain the delicate pH balance and integrity of the internal fluids, which will be expressed in a healthy and energetic mind and body. Water ionisers can be bought for domestic filter systems and work through electrolysis separating the acid and the alkaline minerals. Alkaline water helps to neutralize and flush out acid wastes that have accumulated as the result of an unhealthy diet, stress and pollution. 

Armed with our new knowledge about hydration and ionised water we feel we have added another piece to our jigsaw of understanding how to restore and maintain the body’s natural pH balance for optimal health – according to the metaphor: If the fish is sick – change the water – if the body is unhealthy – optimise the hydration.

This article is part of a series and you can read more

Pernille Knudtzon, MD
Tel: 678 253 510

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