Let’s Talk Water
Why we need it, how much we need and all the other stuff we should know about this life-saving substance
The Gift of Life – Water
Since there is so much talk about water, let’s talk water. Why we can’t live without it, how much water our bodies actually need, all the health benefits associated with water and a lot of other stuff too. But before I get to all that, what is it that we keep reading that our bodies are made up of so much water. If that is the case, why do we need to drink so much more of it?
If the human body is composed of mostly water, how much water is actually present in our bodies. If you do the research, there are often many conflicting theories. Some will say that our bodies contain 60 percent water while others may go up to as much as 85 percent.
How will we ever know the truth? Does it mean that smaller people have less water per kilogramme and that larger people have more water in their system? Does drinking vast amounts of water daily tell us that no matter our size, we could surpass the 60 percent barrier?
Let’s face it, we all know that we cannot survive for extended periods without fresh drinking water. At best, we could probably survive without water for up to a week. That is if we are not in the middle of the Sahara desert. Whichever way we look at it, not drinking water for any length of time cannot be good for our bodies,
Our internal organs would simply start shutting down and that’s not a good thing. But here’s the thing. When water is freely available, is it not that we can actually overdose on water. Some people have been known to become dehydrated from drinking too much water.
Did you know that drinking too much water can also be detrimental to our system too? I personally haven’t come across this scenario in my research but what I have discovered is that drinking too much water can play havoc with our kidneys too. I’ll get to that story shortly.
Let’s look at why we are constantly reminded that we should drink eight glasses of water every day. Is it not better for our bodies to tell us that we are thirsty and that we need to drink some more water. Your body has a remarkable ability to tell you when you need to drink water, eat food or that you have the need to go to the toilet. When is it that enough is enough? Wow! At this point while writing this article I actually got thirsty. It was my body telling me to fill up.
Water, Water Everywhere
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Why is it that so many people love going to their local pub and will sit there for ages, not only so that they can play catch-up on a little socialising but more importantly to consume large quantities of alcohol. And then, sooner than later, they are having to excuse themselves to go to the loo time and again.
Now we have to ask ourselves, are these people who drink so much, actually thirsty? I think not. Most of these people are drinking for an entirely different reason, which incidentally cannot be a good thing either. What are these people doing? If your body is made up of so much water, there’s no need to drown yourself. Alcohol is a killer too.
Another thing I’ve noticed over time is that men, in particular, seem to develop their middle section to such a degree that many of them look as like they are steadily becoming pregnant. Of course, we know this to be extremely unlikely. If this is not the case, why is it that men refer to their larger than life waistline, as a beer paunch when it has absolutely nothing to do with beer at all.
If this were true, surely they could simply put a tap on their belly and continue their drinking later when they become thirsty again. What a load of bollocks. That beer belly is nothing more than an accumulation of too much amino acids (protein) derived from the over-consumption of trans fats, fast-foods and high cholesterol meals. All of which are highly toxic to the human body. Don’t let anyone tell you any differently.
There is no Beer in this Belly
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Having said all this, let’s talk water some more. There are many benefits that water can provide for your overall health but there really is no need to go overboard to keep your system running efficiently. Here are some of the things water does for your health.
Water helps regulate metabolism and control appetite.
Water improves cognitive functioning.
Water helps regulate body temperature.
Water lubricates joints.
Water helps prevent chronic fatigue and depression.
Water keeps our lungs moistened so we can breathe.
Water helps prevent asthma.
Water increases energy levels.
Water can decrease the risk of some cancers, including colon, prostate, bladder, and breast cancer but only if you eat right.
Water prevents and alleviates headaches.
Water keeps the skin moisturised.
Water flushes out toxins.
Water aids in the digestive process and prevents constipation.
Water is necessary for circulation.
Fresh Water Droplets
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Now you probably want to know just how much water is enough. At this point, it’s a good idea to bear in mind the type of food you are eating because that will also tell you a little more about whether or not you should be drinking more water. If you are a typical high meat and potato eater, you probably will need to drink more water.
However, if your food source comes primarily from plant-based food, you would need less water because you will in effect be eating your water as opposed to drinking it.
Getting back to my story about drinking too much water, I want to tell you exactly how water affects the function of your kidneys. It is important to understand that water needs to filter through your kidneys in order to maintain optimum health. That being said, if you drink too much water (especially on a bad diet) other than when your body’s natural mechanism tells you that more water is needed, you’d just be overtaxing your kidneys and that’s not a good thing at all.
You have to understand that your kidneys are made up of a porous material and if you overload your kidneys with too much liquid, their function will be impaired. Let’s do a water test. Simply take a sponge, the one you might use to wash your body with while showering or taking a bath.
If you should continue to pour water into your sponge it will soon become waterlogged and therefore unable to do the job you had intended it to do. In other words, the sponge won’t be able to accept more water. The same can be said for your kidneys. So why would you want to place such a heavy load on your kidneys?
It all comes down to the food you shovel into your system. You don’t need to eat less, you just need to eat right. And if you are eating more plant-based foods, there would not be any need to drink all that extra water. Think about this for a minute. You’d be getting much of your water directly from the plants you eat.
The same cannot be said about consuming a high meat diet, especially with all that extra fat. You have may have heard that oil and water don’t mix. There’s no water in meat products whatsoever, so please stop all this craziness right now. Your body will thank you for it over and over again.
Water for Life, not Life for Water
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There are a ton of guidelines out there regarding water and how much water we should be drinking but what if “they” are not telling us all the facts. The best way to gauge just how much water we actually need is to simply listen to what our bodies are telling us. You’ll be amazed just how much our body knows what is needed for a healthy lifestyle.
If you can respect your body as you should and take that little extra care to tune into its needs, you will naturally consume the correct amount of water. More than that is unnecessary overload. Your body is talking to you all the time, so take the time to listen. A good indication whether you are drinking enough water is to simply check the colour of your urine.
If your urine is pale yellow in colour, then you are just fine. If your urine passes the same colour as the water you’re drinking, that too is perfectly fine. However, if your urine is a dark yellow colour, you may want to regulate that with some more water.
Incidentally, if you are a heavy beer drinker you’ll probably notice your urine is clear in colour. Drinking loads of beer tend to make your urine colourless but you’d be wrong to assume that this is okay. Beer drinking is never a good indication that your water levels are perfect. Besides all the alcohol, you’d simply be drowning your kidneys.
Water for Life and Life for Water
Let’s Talk Water
Your body will tell you when you are running on empty. That goes for water just as much as for food. Drink when you are thirsty and eat when you are hungry, much the same way your body will tell you that it’s time to go to the toilet when in need. Should you go to the loo to urinate more than three times a day, you may be drinking too much water.
It’s best to go first thing when you wake up in the morning, then again in the afternoon and just before you go to bed at night. If you should be working the night shift, the procedure will work best in reverse.
More than that means you are drinking too much. And if you believe you’re drinking too much water, it’s probably because you’re eating all the wrong foods which will require you to flush out all those bad toxins and free radicals. Eat right and you won’t have the need to drink all that extra water. I’m regular as clockwork after changing my eating habits to vegetarianism and macrobiotics 44 years ago.
One very important thing to note and that is if you should ever wake up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet, this could be a warning sign that you have other health issues such as prostate problems in men or that you are diabetic. These are serious concerns. However, if you participate in various sporting activities. your body will need the extra water as you will naturally perspire a lot more.
Fresh Mountain Water
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I’ll talk to you about macrobiotics in another article, however, here is a small brief. Macrobiotics is all about harmony. If you take the word “Macrobiotics” and split it into two parts, you would have “Macro” meaning “Big” and “Biotics” meaning “Life”. Together you’ll have a Big Life. Simple as that.
Now take the word “Antibiotics” and split it into two parts and what do you have? “Anti” meaning “Against” and I’ve already explained what Biotic means. Together they spell Anti-Life. You do the maths. But don’t take my word on this one. Get a second or third opinion. Or better still, just Google the words separately and see what turns up. You could also look the words up in the English dictionary. Both come up with the same answer. You’ll be both shocked and amazed.
There’s a myth that antibiotics kill viruses but antibiotics actually deal with bacteria, killing them or stopping their reproduction. However, this is where things can go pear-shaped. While Antibiotics may kill the bad bacteria, it’s also responsible for killing the good bacteria too and that’s never a good thing.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune to be prescribed antibiotics, you’re probably in dire need of some probiotic help. In order for your body to stay healthy, you have to replenish your good bacteria on an ongoing basis. Is it not better to take responsibility for your everyday health needs by eating and drinking the right kind of food our bodies are designed for and by that, I mean a more plant-based food source.
Just so that you know, my name is Grahame. I’m 64 years of age and my weight is 64 kilogrammes. I’m 1.78 metres tall, that’s 5 foot 10 inches. I have no extra body fat and I’m told that I look 10 to 15 years younger than my age. I’ve never been to the doctor, except when asked for insurance purposes. I prefer to take responsibility for my own body and I try to tell everyone to do likewise. I don’t put that much trust in doctors and I don’t take any prescription drugs.