Humans need to drink water to survive. Your body is approximately 60 percent water, the brain is 70 percent and your lungs are nearly 90 percent water. Each day, your body must replace 2.4 liters through ingesting liquids and foods. Water is more important for the body’s survival than food.
Listed are some facts about water:
• 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Even mild dehydration slows down one’s metabolism as much as 3 percent.
• Research indicates that a single glass of water eliminates midnight hunger pangs for almost 100 percent of dieters.
• The number-one trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.
• Research indicates that eight to 10 glasses of water/fluids per day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80 percent of sufferers.
• Drinking five glasses of water a day decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, the risk of breast cancer by 75 percent and the risk of bladder cancer by 50 percent.
• Another authority says that the finest prevention for hangover prevention after an evening of excess drinking is a pint of water before bed.
People frequently mistake dehydration for hunger. If you feel constantly hungry or if you want to eat right after eating a full meal, you may be dehydrated, and your body may be misinterpreting those feelings of thirst as hunger.
It is recommended to drink a glass of water before eating a snack if you feel hungry. Wait 15 minutes, and if you are still hungry, then you may actually need food.
It is important to mention if you drink more than eight to 10 glasses of water a day, you will need to drink water with electrolytes like sodium. Drinking too much plain water can result in a condition known as hyponatremia (low sodium in your blood). This can cause a wide range of symptoms including headaches, nausea, mental confusion, convulsions, fatigue, coma and even death. Hyponatremia and dehydration have killed many marathon runners.
Water is very important to maintain proper health. Water is the medium for various enzymatic and chemical reactions in the body. It moves nutrients, hormones, antibodies and oxygen through the blood stream and lymphatic system. Water is the solvent of the body, and it regulates all functions, including the activity of everything it dissolves or circulates.
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