Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink …
Why is water important to our health?
Our bodies need water. Ideally you should be drinking around half your body weight (in lbs) in oz of water. In reality this is around 2 litres of water per day. (6-8 glasses). You should increase this slightly if you are exercising, its hot weather, pregnant or breastfeeding.
When our bodies are dehydrated this can cause a number of issues such as:
- PREMATURE AGEING
- SKIN ISSUES
- STOMACH AND DIGESTIVE ISSUES
- JOINT PAIN AND STIFFNESS
- BLADDER AND KIDNEY ISSUES
- HIGH CHOLESTEROL
- ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES
- HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
There are plenty of so called detox waters that you can make, here are some easy recipes for you to try out for yourself
Basil, Lemon & strawberry – simple cut up a few strawberries and slices of lemon (washed and ideally non waxed lemon) add to iced water leave for a while and serve cold
Cucumber, mint and orange slices – simple cut up one orange into slices (wash the skin first) add slices of cucumber and mint to iced water, leave for a while and serve cold
Lime, Strawberry cucumber and mint – Cut up slices of lime, slice up a few strawberries and throw in a handful of washed mint leaves to iced water, leave for a while and serve cold
Cold iced water actually speeds up the metabolism slightly (as your body tried to warm the iced water)
Water is the elixir of life
Our bodies can generally only survive around 3-4 days without water. It is needed for the cells to function. It flushes out toxins and carries oxygen & nutrients to the cells. It also aids digestion. Water lubricates the joints and prevents stiffness. The body also uses water to help regulate body temperature and helps to fight disease.
Quality of water
The quality of your water is also important. Dirty water can give us illnesses such as
Diarrhoea, Arsenicosis, Cholera (bacterial infection of the intestine), Fluorosis (bone disease), Intestinal worms (helmitnths), Guinea worm disease (causes ulcers),Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) is a disease caused by parasitic worms that can cause infection and can eventually damage the liver, intestines, lungs and bladder. Trachoma (eye infection) and Typhoid which is a bacterial infection (headaches, nausea and loss of appetite).
There are also concerns around about Chlorine in water. According to Dr. Joseph M. Price, MD, in Moseby’s Medical Dictionary, “Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious poison”. Therefore filtered waters may be a good option. Bottled waters also have their issues, as plastics on the bottles can leach into the water so BPA free water bottles are best. (see http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/plastic for more info)
Finally if you are drinking bottled water, check the labels. Some of these contain high levels of sugars. Water should NOT contain sugars at all on the labels!