Why Should I Drink More Water?
[trx_dropcaps style="2"]F[/trx_dropcaps]First Lady Michelle Obama began a national campaign encouraging all of us to drink more water. You may have heard some of the controversy in the news with some scientists and medical professionals scoffing at her campaign. We commend the First Lady for leading the effort to “Drink Up!” We also think this is a good time to give you a bit more info about WHY you should drink more water and HOW MUCH.
First, the science….
- The human body is approximately 70% water; the blood is 90% water. We lose 4 – 6 pints of water daily by doing absolutely nothing.
- Water is a unique di-polar liquid like no other. When we drink it, it is quickly absorbed from the stomach as it doesn’t have to undergo digestion. Water is regulated through the colon and is the primary lubricant in the bowel.
- A 1% loss in water leads to fatigue.
- A 2% loss in water leads to constipation (due to dehydrated bowels), lethargy, and dry skin and cuticles. The blood becomes so concentrated at this level of water loss that it is often difficult to withdraw with a hypodermic needle.Consequently, the membranes in the colon, sinuses, mouth, and throat dry out, and you may experience headaches (some severe) and smelly, tenacious mucous. Stools are very dry and difficult to eliminate. Anytime we wipe and there is little to no residue on the toilet paper is an indication of dehydration Hemorrhoids can develop due to the excess or extreme pushing over a long period of time.
- Subsequently, a 1% water loss in winter leads to cold extremities. A 2% loss level leads to severe chills and shivering.
- Disease states, in general, are greatly exacerbated by dehydration, no matter what the disease is.
- The best time to drink water is first thing in the morning to rehydrate after your night’s sleep, when water is lost due to evaporation, respiration and urination.
- The next best time is right before bed. During rest the body goes through many metabolic processes and waste is accumulated.
- To help offset dehydration during the night, keep a glass of water on your bed stand to sip during the night.
- Drink water when you feel thirsty – it’s your body telling you it needs water Don’t go longer than 4 – 6 hours without drinking water.
- DON’T drink water while eating or chewing food. Water dilutes the digestive enzymes in the mouth, slowing down digestion. Drink water before or after you eat a meal or snack.