We all know that we can live without food for 30 days but can't go 72 hours without water.
Like the earth we live on, we are 70-75% water.
The water element forms our structure much more than the solid, earthy parts such as our bones.
We each contain about 10-13 gallons of water!!!
Our muscles and hearts are 75 % water.
Our brain and kidneys are 83%.
Our blood is 94 % and our eyes are 95%.
Our bodies are like a River and need fresh water flowing through it at all times.
Staying hydrated with good, quality water is one of the most important things we can do for our health.
We could even say that we are what we drink!!
More statistics: 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. They don't get the minimum 2 liters of water recommended by conventional and alternative health practitioners.
Actually, the average person gets only 1 liter of fluids and has to count drinking highly acidic coffees, teas and sodas to even get up to that.
Now if you understand that this same average person loses 2-3 liters of fluid a day just by sweating, urinating, moving, sleeping and breathing...well, you get the picture.
Unintended Consequences of Dehydration
- metabolism can slow down by 3%
- we think we are hungry but we are really thirsty and we eat too much
- the body detects there is scarcity, holds onto water and we get bloated
- the body uses water to flush toxins and neutralize acids
and so without enough water we quickly become acidic
- the acids build up in our tissues and make our muscles flabby
and we lose muscle strength and tone
- we feel tired and weak and experience fatigue during the day
- eventually we can develop headaches, have problems concentrating and remembering; our joints dry up; digestion is impaired; elimination problems develop and all of the modern degenerative conditions can come into play
When we get enough of the right water we support just about every biological, chemical and mechanical process in the body.
- surrounds and protects all of our organs
- regulates temperature
- transports nutrients to the cells
- escorts acidic wastes out of the body
- supplies the gallons of water needed to digest food
- delivers the water needed to perform the chemical reactions in the brain
- keeps our skin soft and supple
- AND MORE....
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When we don't drink enough water, our bodies become a breeding ground for disease.
Many of the major illnesses in the modern world are directly linked to chronic dehydration. This is exacerbated by how we have replaced water with coffee, tea, alcohol and soda's that are acidic and diuretic and force the body to eliminate water at an even faster rate!!
Adequate water provides the medium for all enzyme activity in our bodies and is essential for the stomach to produce the hydrochoric acid it needs to digest a meal.
Ayurveda's Understanding of Water
From Ayurveda, we know that we are nourished by our life force also known as: our prana-- through the air we breath; the foods we eat and the water we drink.
Drinking pure water nourishes the Water element deep within our core and is one of the greatest ways to enliven, invigorate and strengthen our prana.
Water is the body's most potent purifier. It naturally flushes out ama and other metabolic wastes and increases our ojas, Ayurveda's concept of immunity which is entwined with the water element.
And according to Ayurveda, our ability to taste the 6 Tastes of food is also forever linked to adequate water intake. Taste is perceived through the tongue and a dry tongue cannot taste accurately.
Drinking warm water before a meal can improve digestion by up to 24% as it replenishes fluids and supports the digestives organs.
Drinking 1 or 2 cups of warm water when we first wake up gets the lymphatic system a moving for the whole day.
The plasma part of our blood, also known as rasa dhatu, is composed of 90% water and this water carries nutrients from one part of the body to the other. Oxygen, food particles and minerals are carried from cell to cell, system to system by the continuous flow of the river of fluid.