We all know that water is essential to life, yet we are more dehydrated everyday, than we should be. We all know water is essential, next to air, water is the most essential element to human life.
The human body needs water in order to survive.
Factors that influence water needs
Exercising or engageing in any activity that makes us sweat we need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. How much additional fluid we need depends on how much we sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise.
Hot or humid weather can make us sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of our fluid reserves.
Illnesses or health conditions
When we have fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, our body loses additional fluids. In these cases, we should drink more water. In some cases, your doctor may recommend oral rehydration solutions. Also, we may need increased fluid intake if we develop certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones.
Pregnancy or breast-feeding
Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing.
Examples of symptoms of chronic dehydration are fatigue, headache, acne, brain fog, irritability, depression, constipation and vulnerability to infection.
Chronic dehydration is the primary cause of disease and pain, usually overlooked in treatment. This is because dehydration disrupts the entire physiological system, compromising regulatory systems as the body attempts to conserve precious water for the most vital functions.
Here are some of the essential roles of water for our survival and well being
- Energy production
- Cellular communication
- Hydrolysis processes in digestion
- Neurotransmitter function
- Stress hormone modulation
- Healthy immune function
- Flushing toxins and waste elimination
- Healthy kidney function and prevention of kidney stones
The paradox of the life sustaining compound H20 is that when contaminated with either other toxic chemicals or bacteria, it can be harmful. This is one of the reasons that we are advised not to drink tap water in certain countries.
Another under-estimated consideration in relation to water is the vibrational, or energetic imprint created within this substance. The work of the late Dr Emoto, as presented in his books ‘The Healing Power of Water’ and ‘Messages from Water and the Universe’, also provides compelling reasons to give some reverence to the healing power of water. Dr Emoto exposed droplets of water to different music and words, and then photographed the microscopic crystals these water droplets formed when frozen. The results were startling. The formed crystals were symmetrical and beautiful when water was exposed kind words and soothing music, whereas those formed after exposure to cruel words and harsh, jarring music, formed crystals which were fragmented. This is consistent with Einstein’s theory that ‘everything is energy’ and that given our bodies consist of over 50% water, the resonance in our words and thoughts we speak to ourselves and others can be profound.
Some words of wisdom
- Drink a minimum of 1.5 litres of water per day
- Invest in a good quality water filter
- Avoid, wherever possible, drinking from plastic water bottles (for health and environmental reasons)
- Be aware of when more hydration is required: e.g. high temperatures; exercise; consumption of alcohol and caffeine