The Most Important Nutrient For Good Health
Did you know that:
- Your body is about 70% water.
- Your muscles are about 75% water.
- Your brain cells are about 85% water.
- Your blood is about 82% water.
- Your bones are approximately 25% water.
- Your body loses about 2 quarts of water a day through urination, perspiration and exhalation.
Water is the most foundational aspect of health because it is involved in every function of our bodies.
Water is considered a “miracle cure” for many health conditions.
- Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.
- Water increases the efficiency of the immune system.
- Water prevents hardening of the arteries in the heart and brain, and thus helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Water is directly connected to brain function – it is needed for the efficient manufacture of neurotransmitters, including serotonin; it is needed for the production of hormones made by the brain, such as melatonin; it can prevent attention deficit disorder (ADD); and it improves our attention span.
- Water helps prevent memory loss as we age, reducing the risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- Water affects our appearance, making our skin smoother and giving it sparkling luster; it also reduces the effects of aging.
Dehydration occurs when we do not drink enough water daily. It robs from certain areas of the body to keep the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys well hydrated. Many symptoms of disease are the first sign of the body needing adequate amounts of water.
Some of the symptoms of inadequate water intake may include:
- Back pain
- Joint aches
- Dry skin
- Memory loss
Daily adequate water intake can be determined by taking your body weight and dividing it by two. The result is how many ounces of water to drink daily. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you will need 60 ounces of water. So eat nutritiously, exercise and drink plenty of water daily.
Taken from The Seven Pillars of Health by Dr. Don Colbert