Become a Healthier You Series: Your Body Needs Water

Do you drink water?  Whenever someone asks me advice about eating healthy or losing weight, I always tell them to drink water.  Most of the time, I get this response, “I can’t drink water, I don’t like it.”  It doesn’t matter what you don’t like, your body needs and cries out for water.

Here is a quick story.  A relative told me that I should give my daughter cool-aid and sodas, because her other cousins drink those beverages and that my daughter should drink them too.  My response was, “I don’t give my daughter those types of beverages because they are not good for her and as a family we don’t drink cool-aid and sodas.”

Just because cool-aid, sodas and other unhealthy beverages are available, does not mean that my family should drink those types of beverages.  Those beverages are not healthy.  The best beverage is a glass of water!

Importance of Water

The body is 70% water and it is a good practice to drink water daily.

Let’s face it, we love water because we are water.  The average adult contains 40-50 quarts – 10-13 gallons of water!  Blood is 83% water, muscles 75%, brain 75%, heart 75%, bones 22%, lungs 86%, kidneys 83%, eyes 95%.  If aliens landed tomorrow they would probably describe us mobile sacks of water. (Water: The Ultimate Cure, Page 12)

Water makes up the bulk of the body.  If we take away all the water that’s in the body, then there will be nothing left.  The body would dry out (dehydrate) and die.  That is why it is very important to drink water daily.  Sodas, cool-aid and coffee do not make the cut.  You must drink water!

Functions of Water in the Human Body

  • Improves oxygen delivery to the cells
  • Transports nutrients
  • Enables cellular hydration
  • Moistens oxygen for easier breathing
  • Cushions bones and joints
  • Absorbs shocks to joints and organs
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Removes wastes
  • Flushes toxins
  • Prevents tissues from sticking
  • Lubricates joints
  • Improves cell to cell communications
  • Maintains normal electrical properties of cells
  • Empowers the body’s natural healing process

Staying Hydrated

Are you wondering how you can drink more water?  Here are a few tips to help you stay hydrated.

  1. Drink ½ your body weight in ounces.  If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water daily.
  2. Avoid beverages that will dehydrate you, like caffeinated coffee, teas, sodas, alcohol or beer.
  3. Drink water and fresh juices to stay hydrated during illnesses and upon recovery.  Illnesses can rob your body of water.
  4. Start your day with water.  This will help flush your digestive tract and rehydrate your system.
  5. Drink water at regular intervals throughout the day.  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  6. Carry a water bottle with you.
  7. Make a habit of drinking water.
  8. Sweat, perspire.  Exercise and make sure you work up a sweat.  Sweating cleans the lymphatic system and bloodstream.  This is one way you can detoxify.  Make sure to put water back into your body after you have worked up a sweat.

Conclusion

Water is important and without water the body will suffer.  Don’t wait until you get dehydrated to think about drinking water.  Make drinking water a daily practice.  Your body will love you for this.

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  1. bilsport försäkringar says:

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! really nice post.

  2. Maketta says:

    Very good article! Water is the best drink that you can drink and the only beverage that quenches your thirst.

  3. Patricia says:

    Hi Evelyn

    Good on you for withstanding the pressure of others and making the healthy choices for your family.

    I have a friend whose 2 young daughters drink water because that is what they are offered by their parents. Guess what?! They are learning healthy options early. If they have fruit juice it is a treat, not something they have every day.

    It is so important to have good daily intake of water and you have covered this aspect really well. I don’t have a problem with keeping up the intake and it means healthy skin, teeth and general well-being.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Hi Patricia,

      That’s great about your friend’s daughters! They are learning good health habits early and that is a definite plus.

      Thanks for chiming in and sharing your experience with water intake. 😉

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  4. kay says:

    As a healthy hair advocate, I’d like to add another benefit of water…moist, supple hair which in turn leads to less breakage.

    My water intake has been horrible lately. Having free access to sodas at work has taken it’s toll. I’ve noticed an increase in breakouts and tooth sensitivity.

    Thanks for posting. I will definitely try the water bottle option.

    • Hi Kay,

      Welcome to Become a Healthier You! 🙂

      We have a lot in common! I am a healthy hair advocate too. I love my natural hair. 😉 Water is truly a good moisturizer for the hair. I don’t know what I would do without it.

      Wow, that’s great that you have noticed the toll that sodas are having on your body. Your body is telling you what it needs.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Evelyn

      P.S. Your site looks great! 😉

      • kay says:

        Thank you for the warm welcome 🙂

        I did not know you were a fellow natural hair aficionado! I joined your YT channel and can’t wait to see what’s in store.

      • Hi Kay,

        You’re welcome!

        Yes I heart natural hair! 😉

        Thanks for joining my channel! I look forward to what you will share too.

        Take care,

        Evelyn

  5. Kris says:

    Oh yes… drink your water! Don’t be like me and FAINT! It’s embarrassing & expensive!
    http://krismoconnor.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/syncope-my-little-wake-up-call/

  6. Dia says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    Water is crucial for our body. I used to not drink water a lot, but I have started to drink water daily for the last two years. Thanks for sharing

  7. Susan says:

    Hey Evelyn, I hear ya! And good for you for standing up to those jokers pushing that poison on to your kids! I know I am a fitness pro at all but I swear I don’t have a thirst mechanism. I just don’t drink. I don’t even drink coffee, soda, or anything else. Water is my bev of choice but I never remember to drink it until I have a whopping headache. I try to always have a bottle of water with me to help myself deal with this problem. Always having one within reach helps remind me before it’s too late.

    • Hey Susan,

      Sometimes, we have to do what we know is best.

      Wow, I would think that you would have the thirst mechanism. But it is a good thing that you don’t drink other beverages, because I know it really helps.

      Always a good idea to carry a water bottle. Thanks coach! 😉

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  8. Fruitfulvine2 says:

    I start off with a glass of water every morning. By the time I’ve finished my my exercise I’ve had 3 glasses total before 630am. I am working on doing better for the rest of the day but I feel good that at least I’m doing that compared to my struggle before with water and not doing anything.

    • Hey Jennifer,

      Thanks for sharing!

      It can be a struggle, but the good thing about this is that you know what you have to do. I’m happy to to know that you are doing better with your water intake than you have been.

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  9. Tia says:

    I don’t drink enough water, and I live in the desert where it’s not just healthy to drink it, it’s crucial.

    I ended getting really dehydrated over the summer, which makes your body feel the same way as it would if you had the flu. Not good!

    What I’ve been trying to do is purposefully “forgetting” to buy juices and things, so that my son and I don’t have a choice but to drink water or milk usually (and he usually chooses water). It’s a sneaky thing but it helps out a great deal.

    • Hi Tia,

      Thanks for sharing! I didn’t realize that you had gotten dehydrated over the summer and I really had no idea what the symptoms of dehydration were.

      I think it is great that your son chooses water. You son already know what his body needs, naturally. 🙂 That’s a good thing.

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  10. Dandy says:

    Hi Evelyn,
    This was really interesting. I didn’t know there were so many functions of water. I knew it was important, but didn’t know how important. Thanks Evelyn!

    Dandy

  11. Health Votes says:

    I always start off my day with a glass of water, makes me feel fresh and cool. Sodas are ok if taken rarely and occasionally, nothing should take up the daily quota of drinking water. It is sad that most parents do not care if their family is drinking enough water or replacing it with unhealthy sodas… that suggestion you got from your relative is a proof that not everyone truly understand the benefits of drinking water.

    I have always carried a bottle of drinking water where ever i go, if am traveling in my car or in trains, i always have a water bottle.

    • Hi Health Votes,

      That’s great! It is a good practice to start your day off with a glass of water.

      Yes, I agree. A soda every now and then is okay, but not every day.

      Thanks for sharing your experience and how you’ve incorporated drinking more water into your life. 🙂

      Take care,

      Evelyn

    • Ms. Shimmers says:

      Evelyn,
      Reading your post on the importance of water is so true and very important for the masses to realize..food you can live without longer, than you can, without water. In your words” we would shrivel up and die”. Thank you.

      Wishing only success and have a blessed holiday and prosperous new year.

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