Yes, we have all heard that saying but have you ever thought about it really? This morning it has been raining for several hours and you can just hear the ground, the trees, the grass and flowers all sighing in relief for the moisture.
Water is the one substance we can not live without it. Sixty to Seventy-five percent of our body is made up of water and our blood itself is 90% water. Water is not just important to keeping us hydrated so we don’t feel thirsty but it is important for many of the processes within our body. We use water for digestion (creating saliva), temperature regulation (perspiration), electrolyte balance which affects blood pressure, transportation of vitamins and minerals, and for waste removal. It also is vital to keeping our eyes, nose, mouth and skin moisturized.
When we do not get enough rain outside we see the ground begin to crack. Similarly, if our bodies do not get enough water we will see our body “crack”. This crack can be as obvious as chapped lips and skin or as behind the scenes as decreased motility of nutrients throughout our bodies. Muscles spasms, cramps and joint pain can sometimes be attributed to dehydration within muscle, ligament, tendon and disc cells. When you are traveling to high altitude one of the necessary preparations before heading to the high grounds is to hydrate. This helps bring more oxygen to all the cells within in our bodies and helps to avoid high altitude sickness.
But the question is…how much water should we consume in a day? You can research this and get all sorts of answers and results from all sorts of studies. The most common answer is based on the calculation of taking your body weight and dividing it in half. If you weigh 130lbs divide that by 2 and you get 65 ounces water. If you exercise you need to increase that amount to allow for perspiration.
What is the best source of water?? Again, many opinions and studies exist. The best answer is plain water though. Yes, you get water from different foods and other drinks. But these all have other substances that have to be filtered before our bodies get the H20 molecule and it can then do its job within whatever system needs water.
If you have trouble consuming enough water there are lots of tricks out there to help. The most common problem I hear is that “I forget to drink my water.” I tell patients, drink a glass of water when you first get up, a glass when you brush your teeth, a glass while you are driving to and from work, a glass with all 3 meals and any snacks that you eat in a day, and a small glass before bed. If really don’t like plain water add a slice of citrus fruit (lemon, orange, lime) to your water. Using a straw or a water bottle so you can see how much you have drank all help too. However, just like when you water your flowers and grass, a slow steady amount is best so that all the liquid can be absorbed efficiently. Drinking all of your water at one time mostly will just make you feel full and bloated so spread the amount out thru the day.
Outside we see the greening of the grass as evidence that the earth is getting enough moisture.. With our bodies we see it with increased energy, better skin tone and improved body functions. So grab a glass of water and enjoy the sunshine today!