Water is such a crucial part of life and we cannot exist without it.
Next to air, it is the most important element for survival. It is 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen. The total weight of the human body consists of about two-thirds water. Every cell and organ in our bodies rely on water simply to function. Without it, normal homeostasis would not happen.
We often hear that we need to drink 8 glasses of water each day - but is this true? Over the course of a normal day we can lose alot of fluids - it is lost through sweating, urinating and breathing. If we exercise or it is a hot day we can lose even more. We need to ensure we replace these fluids with fresh, clean, uncontaminated water. Water is used in the body in a variety of ways - here are a few:
- helps to remove toxic waste materials
- forms part of the fluid that surrounds the joints
- helps to regulate the body temperature
- helps to prevent fatigue.
Water is a component of blood (82%), brain (76%)and muscles (75%). This explains clearly why water is so important. Drinking tea, coffee, juice etc; will not serve as a substitute for drinking water. Drinks can contain sugar, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, flavours etc; Ensure that the water you use is of a high quality. Know where your water is coming from and what is in it. Some companies are adding flavours and colours to water to encourage people to drink more water but nothing can replace fresh, pure water in its natural state.
Staying hydrated will not only help normal bodily functions but will also help prevent fatigue, increase energy levels, assist in digestion, remove harmful toxins, increase brain function, reduce cardiovascular stress, help prevent urinary tract infections, boost the immune system, hydrate the skin and keep us functioning.
Mild dehydration can make your more susceptible to getting illnesses. When our immune system is lowered we are more likely to succumb to disease. Our immune system is our defence against the myriad of pathogens that we are constantly bombarded with.
Hydration - our best defence
One of the best ways to hydrate your body is to put a pinch of Celtic sea salt on your tongue and follow with 2 glasses of pure, fresh water. Repeat this 2-3 times per day. The Celtic salt and the water are transported into the cells together. Waste products are pushed out of the cells allowing the minerals to stay in which helps to alkalize the cells. When the cells are more alkaline the body has a stronger immunity against illness. It also helps to increase energy production in the cell.
Hydration is a critical element when suffering from ailments like the common cold and flu.