Archive for ‘Benefits of Water’

March 27, 2013

Does Your Body Really Cry for Water??

On water…Dr. B (as Tony refers to) the Author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water (I highly recommend – my dad and sister first told me about it years ago!) has a foundation called His foundation was a great supporter of my natural health magazine in the UK and we worked together on bringing his books there and they provided advertising and articles regularly. I was not fortunate enough to know Dr B. when he was alive so it is inspiring to see his foundation sharing and continuing his work.   See the website above for GREAT articles of the WHY water is good for you and to get the book!

Another thing I learned in school from Dr. John Douillard (I so love him), an Ayervedic doctor, is to do an experiment with yourself. Sip hot water daily every 10 minutes for two weeks. 1. it gets your lymphatic system moving and draining as it should and 2. it will tell you immediately if you are dehydrated as you will start to want to drink more water. MOST everyone today does NOT get enough water.  And in fact, it can actually show up internally where your joints and connective tissue start to get dehydrated as well.  Showing up as aches and pains that we often explain away in the form of “age” or “overuse”.  Really, over time, a lot of that can be prevented with proper hydration.

Think of your mornings and afternoons.  If you need coffee, sugar, snacks, and extra food to get you through your daily slumps, just know that you could try water first and see if that helps.  Before your morning cup of coffee, which is the first thing people drink these days, reach for a clean glass of water and wait for 30 minutes before doing the coffee.  Before long you will find yourself drinking less coffee or not even needing it.  If you’re hungry for a snack – try drinking a glass of water before taking the snack. (even if it’s a piece of candy!)  9 times out of 10 you will curb that hunger as we often mistake hunger pains for a need for food rather than water!

Our consumption of anything BUT water is so off the charts high these days that we are literally aging ourselves to death.  Take the water challenge this week and before you reach for the bottle, can, or cup of anything but H2O, make a conscious effort to do the water first and see if you feel:

1. Energetic!
2. Happier!
3. And skinnier!!

July 4, 2011

This Summer – Water Your Body!

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and play.  The weather is warming up, you can naturally breathe deeper, and your body has an urge to move around – making it vital for you to remember to hydrate!  Not only to quench your thirst but to optimize your overall health.  You may have heard that two-thirds of your body is made up of water.  If you actually thought about that – where IS all that water exactly and what is it doing in there?

First of all, think of some familiar parts – our brains, muscles, bones and blood are all mostly made up of water.  Throughout the entire body is an intricate “irrigation system” that monitors and delivers water where it is needed.  The moment water goes in, your body immediately distributes it.  It is vital to things like: digesting and absorbing vitamins and nutrients; it helps to flush the liver, kidney, and urinary tract of toxins, waste and bacteria; it keeps your skin healthy and supple; it improves your energy while increasing your mental and physical stamina; it keeps your blood hydrated enough to move fluidly throughout your entire body; it helps regulate your metabolism; it moisturizes your joints as well as your lungs; and transports oxygen to your cells.  While we are not listing every single thing that requires water in your body, you get the idea that water is very important.

Imagine, for example, that a gallon jug contains all the water your entire body needs to operate optimally.  There are four small holes in the jug that are continually open in order to release just the right amount of water within your body.  The more you move around, the more water your body uses from the jug.  If you leave the jug in the sun, this causes the water to evaporate and more of it gets used up. So say you do not replenish enough water in the jug.  What happens then? Your body can experience many mild to serious symptoms like darkened urine, tiredness, headaches and migraines, constipation, leg or muscle cramps, hunger, fatigue, inability to concentrate, and irregular blood pressure.  Say the jug goes down to 50% and you try to fill it all the way up at one time.  The holes in the jug are only a certain size and can only move the amount of water that fits through the hole.  Likewise, you can’t drink tons of water to make up for long-term dehydration.

It’s a good idea to develop a regime that includes water, especially during the summer months when it is hotter and your body is more active.  Drinking water, first thing in the morning, will help you to awaken your system and get your move on.  Coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit juices, alcohol or any other kinds of flavored drinks don’t count as hydration as your body has to work harder to get to the actual water in the drink.  Some of them can actually cause you to dehydrate and all of them are no match for the pure nourishment that water gives your entire body from the inside out!

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