Water is the Driver of Nature
- Leonardo de Vinci
There are so many reasons we need to be drinking plenty of water, if I actually went into all of them, you’d probably switch off, so here are a few of what I consider to be the most important …
Every cell in your body (almost) needs water for its complex chemical reactions and electrical impulses to take place.
A basic concept, but drinking water stops dehydration, super important because if we get dehydrated, the body holds onto every last drop of water and so, bizarrely, the less water you drink, the more water (fluid) retention you’ll have! I drink loads to keep my legs from swelling up with fluid!!
Digestion and processing of food; saliva is mostly water with some enzymes thrown in to start the digestion process. Water is needed to metabolize proteins and carbohydrates, to allow for and assist with the absorption of nutrients, and by keeping your gastrointestinal tract lubricated to make sure that digestion happens well, and food is easily passed through the gut.
EAT YOUR WATER!
I kid you not; many fruit and vegetables are mostly water
A much repeated load of hogwash – “water flushes out fat” this is just crazy nonsense. Water does not hold these magical powers, but trust me if it did, I’d have an IV drip hooked up immediately!
What drinking water does ensure however, is that the bodys own water regulation systems can work properly, thus allowing all other cellular processes to take place as they should – resulting in food consumed being used for fuel, waste being eliminated efficiently, and the bodys own fat stores being called upon for energy easily.
Temperature regulation; by acting as an insulator and keeping you cool by allowing you to perspire when you get hot.
So how much is too much?
The jury is still out on this one, but there is a very rare medical condition called Hyponatremia which happens when too much water is consumed, depleting the body of sodium, and the body can swell up. Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen drinking 1-2 litres a day.
Let your thirst be a guide, and I can see your eyes rolling heavenward as you read this oldie but goodie: when you feel hungry, drink a glass of water because often its thirst in disguise!
If you’re still unsure, check your wee, it should be pale yellow.
I find these % staggering, and can see why we are constantly being told to drink more water!