Why is water the most important nutrient to the body?
The human body is comprised of 70% water. For example, the brain is 74%, the blood is 82% even the teeth have 5%. Water is critical for every single bodily function, as it provides hydration and irrigation to trillions of cells. Water is necessary for the blood to flow, for oxygen delivery, for waste elimination, for nutrient transportation and for the functioning of almost every organ and biochemical process.
So good daily hydration is essential for us!
Our Water Needs
Our bodies require a minimum amount of clean, pure, natural water each day to maintain a good level of hydration. A properly hydrated body will increase your body’s “cell” communication, resulting in better health. In our bodies water transports elements (hormones, chemical messengers and nutrients) to vital organs, which, in turn, produce substances that are made available to the rest of the body. Without proper hydration, the brain, which is 85% water and controls the body’s “waterways”, cannot do its job properly.
The following functional, healing benefits are assisted in our bodies by drinking plenty of water every day:
- Increased absorption and utilisation of nutrients
- Increased oxygen availability to the cells
- Increased detoxification of the body as a whole
- More perfect cell replication
The opposite of these will result from not drinking enough water every day.
In Western society people have adapted to drinking coffee, fruit drinks, soft drinks and other such products as a means of satisfying our thirst. What many people do not realise however is that many of these drinks in fact dehydrate our bodies of water and are of no assistance to us at all.
Everyone needs to intake a minimum amount of water each day to at least maintain the level of water in our cells. The following page offers a simple calculation to identify optimal water consumption for your unique and individual needs.
Good hydration is as important as good eating!
Your body is made up of about 75% water. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has probably lost 500ml or more of water. Dehydration can make you feel tired, dizzy, disoriented and can also cause headaches.
A common list of benefits from drinking the proper levels of an excellent pure mineral water is as follows:
- Health and vitality boosting
- An increase in mental alertness
- An increase in physical stamina
- A reduction from the negative effects of stress
Water requirement calculation
Minimum daily intake for our body weight. We can calculate the amount of pure, filtered, non-treated water that we need on average each day. This
amount of water is the minimum you need a day to assist your cells functioning optimally.
This is calculated on our body weight in kgs, divided by 0.024. This level of water intake works out at 1 litre plus 1 cup (1250ml) for each 30kg of body weight.
An example could be an 80kg person. They would require 3 1/3 litres per day. (80kg divided by 0.024 = 3.3 litres per day)
Coke, lemonade, alcohol and caffeinated beverages do not count as water intake as they are dehydrating to our system and easily strip water from our bodies. We also have to remember that if we are undertaking physical exercise or it’s a hot day we will have to increase our intake.
Furthermore, we lose at least 450ml of water each day as we breathe. This will increase to at least 1 litre if the day is hot or we are doing exercise.
Adding Pure, Natural Salts to Drinking Water
While we are drinking water we can also improve the level of electrolytes we take into our bodies. This is done by adding a pinch of quality, natural, non-iodised salt to our drinking water. In doing this we assist the body greatly in maintaining the balance of electrolytes in cells and the water surrounding them. This has a huge impact on the health of our cells as they are better able to retain minerals and water in the cells. It also has a very healing effect on our bodies. We are in fact making the cells job easier and doing that will also greatly assist the detox process.
Many of us are overly acidic, and the salt will assist us to regain a normal PH balance, thus reducing our oxidisation (ageing) and allowing the healing to begin. Remember to use natural sea salt, never processed salt. I personally use a natural salt product called Himalayan Crystal Salt. This is available in New Zealand at some supermarkets, as well as www.lotusmagik.co.nz.
I dissolve a good pinch of Lotus Himalayan Crystal Salt into about a litre of pure, filtered water for drinking. I want to increase the mineral content of the water without tasting a salty drink. You will find that you do not need to use very much.
Salt is also great as an electrolyte, so use it if you work out, or for any sportspeople where dehydration may occur. Remember that true, pure salt actually assists the body to rehydrate!