Fall in Love with the Wonder Liquid
How long can you live without water?
It is impossible to give an answer to the seemingly simple question, as various factors need to be taken into consideration. However, you can be sure about the duration -- not more than a few hours in extreme conditions of dehydration, because water is life.
All forms of life -- plants, animals and humans -- need water. In fact, we’ve learnt that the first forms of life evolved in the sea millions of years ago. Without water there is no life. Of all the liquids available on the earth, only water is indispensable for life. Thus we call it the Wonder Liquid, or the Elixir of Life!
Seventy per cent of our body weight is made up of water. Losing even 10-15 per cent of water can leave you dehydrated and might even prove fatal. Therefore, to stay healthy, we must maintain water balance, which means water losses must be made up for by water intake. While it is a fashion statement to drink juices and carbonated cola drinks, we fail to realize that plain and clean water is the world’s most innocuous health drink.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD WE DRINK DAILY?
The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 L of fluid and men should drink about 2.l L of fluid per day. That is about eight glasses of 200 ml of each for women and 10 glasses of 200 ml each for men. In simple words, we should all drink at least eight glasses of water a day to be healthy. Too hard a task? Not so if you have a plan and realize the benefits of drinking that much water.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
It boosts energy level: Every single organ in our body requires water for its proper functioning. Dehydration even at lower level can slow down various body functions and leave you sluggish. Drinking water is the most simple and inexpensive remedy that helps to increase your energy and thereby giving maximum efficiency.
It improves brain function: Brain is strongly influenced by hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration of 1-3% of body weight can impair many aspects of brain functions like attention, concentration and thought process.
It relieves headache: Dehydration can trigger headache and migraine in some individuals. When body is dehydrated, the brain can temporarily contract /shrink from fluid loss. This mechanism causes the brain to pull away from the skull, causing pain and resulting in headache. Once rehydrated, the brain plumps up and returns to its normal state.
It flushes out toxins: Water helps get rid of waste through sweat and urination, which in turn reduce the risk of kidney stone and urinary tract infection.
It helps to shed weight: Great news for anyone trying to lose a few pounds! Water can help you. Intake of more water naturally reduces your appetite. Researchers have shown that drinking 500 ml water prior to each of your daily meals could cause you to eat fewer calories per meals, triggering weight loss. A lot of people confuse feeling thirsty with feeling hungry, so they eat when their body actually wants them to drink something. When you are dehydrated, fat cells become harder to break down and so anyone actually trying to diet will find it a lot harder, if they don’t drink sufficiently.
HOT WATER VERSUS COLD WATER
Health experts speculate that there are certain occasions where warm water is more apt than cold.
WHEN HOT WATER SERVES YOU BETTER?
Pain Relief: If you are dealing with a headache or inflammation, drinking warm water can ease the pain. It stimulates blood flow to the tissues and is an excellent remedy for menstrual cramp.
Detoxification: Drinking warm water can help to get rid of impurities from our body. Health experts recommend drinking warm water with a squeeze of lemon. Lemon water stimulates digestion and flushes toxin. It has many cleansing benefits as well.
Weight reduction: Drinking warm water after a meal promotes metabolism and break down the adipose tissues lying under the skin, especially when taken with lemon and honey
HOW DO I GET MORE WATER IN MY DIET?
There are 5 simple tips that can help you get more water into your diet. And you don’t have to buy expensive bottled water, so it’s great for your wallet as well as your health.
Drink a Glass of Water, First Thing in the Morning: Drinking water in the morning on empty stomach is considered as natural treatment. To get the best out of it, drink at least 150 ml water right after you wake up. Even if you cannot drink that much water, drink as much as you can and gradually increase the amount day by day. Drink water 45 minutes prior to having breakfast. According to a Japanese research, drinking water helps to reduce certain health problems, if you stick on to the following regime:
· Gastric problems :10 days
· Constipation : 10 days
· High BP : 30 days
· DM : 30 days
· TB : 90 days
Following this regime will not only help you to meet the daily fluid needs, but also help you to fight against diseases and stay healthy.
Set an Alarm! : If you have got a watch that beeps on the hour it can be a good reminder. Every hour fill up a glass of water or drink from your bottle and make sure you finish the glass before the next hour.
Carry a small bottle of water always with you!: This will not only remind you to drink more, but it’s also an easy way of keeping track of how much you are actually drinking.
Schedule drinking before and after meals! : It is advised to drink water one hour prior to having food or an hour after. It is not a correct practice to drink water while having meals.
DO DRINKING OF TEA AND COFFEE COUNT?
You can get a certain amount of water from tea and coffee, but they are all what is called ‘diuretics’. In other words, they will make you wee a lot. They reabsorb more water so that it might lead to mild dehydration also. Therefore, plain water is much healthier than all other drinks.
SAY “NO” TO CARBONATED DRINKS!!!
It’s a fashionable trend, especially among the youth and children, to have carbonated drinks, such as, Pepsi, 7-up, Sprite, etc., that absorb more fluid from the intestine, thereby making you more dehydrated. Many researches reveal that a can of Cola contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar. In fact, colas like Pepsi contain high fructose. The rate of weight gain, obesity, fatty liver, high blood pressure and Type II Diabetes dramatically increase as a result of over consumption of cool drinks. Hence, to stay healthy, it’s better to say ‘no’ to carbonated drinks.
Water, thus, is the key component in determining the quality of our lives and is a universal solvent. Just as it is important to drink sufficient water to stay healthy, we must also take care to preserve water and not to waste it. Let us promise to conserve water to save life!