Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast. Today we’re going to talk about water and its importance in the body. I was a clinic manager of an urology clinic when I served in the Air Force and it was at that time that my eyes were opened. Ok quiz time... what percentage of the human body is water?
According to Wikipedia, “By weight, the average human adult male is approximately 60% water and the average adult female is approximately 55%. There can be considerable variation in body water percentage based on a number of factors like age, health, water intake, weight, and sex.”
Makes sense that we need it huh? CBS reports that up to 75 percent of the American population fall short of the 10 daily cups prescribed by the Institute of Medicine – which means, in medical terms, that most people in the U.S are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration. According to Dr. Roberta Lee...
“60 percent of our bodies is composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine,”
We need to drink half our body weight in ounces of water each day ... so for a 150 pound person that’s 75 ounces or over 2 liters of water a day. So...ok we’ve come to the conclusion that water is a critical component in the body. I’ll begin by sharing a list 15 things water does and then highlight how each helps us,
Regulation of body temperature is done through the release of water through the skin (sweat) and the evaporation of it. This results in cooling. If we lack water we cannot sweat properly and that cooling cannot occur.
Lubricating joints by keeping joint tissues hydrated, allowing for easier movement.
Carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells through blood and transferring it on a cellular level... everything is a reaction requiring water. This also helps in the dissolving of minerals and nutrients to make them more available to cells within the body.
Water also provides the moisture needed for the eyes, both inside the eyeball and around it. Tears even help to moisten and clean the eye. In the nose and oral mucosa the moisture here traps germs and microbes allowing the body to encapsulate and remove them. This is one way that the body using water fights attacks or viral invaders on the body. It also protects organs & tissues by providing barriers.
This also allows for the protection of tissues, the Spinal Cord, and Joints... water aids in the transfer and removal of wastes from the body, aids in the breakdown, utilization, of nutrients and things the body needs and then removal of wastes that could build up if not flushed out.
Drink warm or room temperature water whenever possible. Cold liquids and ice do not actually cool the body down in fact they do the exact opposite the body has to work at warming the liquid before it can utilize or break it down. Ice in particular is very harmful in large quantities in the body. Think about it... the third leading prescription in the US is Nexium for stomach disorders. And most of the active enzymes that are bodies need for digestion are destroyed in food we freeze and cook.
Water on a cellular level energizes Muscles. Those cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue... which is the last thing that we as stroke survivors need.
Water also improves skin integrity and as a result our appearance.
And last but not least it helps to maintain proper kidney function. Keeping the body clean of contaminants.
So what are Tips for drinking more water ...
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