What if I were to tell you that there is one “food” that has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar….a “food” that if consumed adequately and regularly can provide numerous health benefits and can prevent or help treat many health problems—including fatigue, headaches, feeling irritable or anxious, constipation and other digestive disorders, insomnia, asthma, allergies, constipation, high blood pressure, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders.
That one “food” that would most help us maintain and improve our health that most would be…
Yet even though this “magic potion” is cheap, readily available, and perhaps even better, helps us lose weight, many of us often overlook the importance of drinking enough water each day.
Many of us assume that we will get enough water from the foods that we eat, but this is not the case. On even the “healthier” diet that you can consume—a diet that consists mainly of whole, fresh foods—you only will get up to 20% of the water that you need each day. On the typical American diet—a diet that consists mainly of processed foods and sugary soda—you won’t even get that much.
Also factor in the fact that those sugar sodas—as well as many other drinks that we drink during the day such as alcohol, coffee, and tea—actually take away from the amount of water that your body needs and negate any benefits that would be available from having the appropriate amount of water available for the various body systems to function.
Reaons to Drink Water
1.Asthma and Allergies…Water is important in keeping your air passages open, very important for those of us with asthma and allergies. Whenever you are dehydrated, the body closes up these passageways in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
2.Blood Pressure…Water is important in preventing your blood from becoming so thick that it increases your blood pressure.
3. Body Temperature…Water is important in cooling the body whenever you sweat. Water is stored in the middle layers of the skin. Whenever you sweat, this water comes to the surface of the skin. As this water evaporates, it cools the body.
4. Body Waste…Water is important in removing both urine and feces.
5. Brain Function…Water is important in protecting brain structure and function, as well as producting hormones and neurotransmitters. Drinking water promotes clearer thinking and reasoning.
6. Constipation…Drinking water, especially carbonated water, is important in both preventing and relieving constipation.
7. Exercise…Drinking water is important while you are exercising for many reasons—such as maintaining appropriate body temperature, staying motivated, keeping you from getting tired as quickly, and keeping you on top of your game both physically and mentally.
8. Headaches…Drinking water can sometimes relieve the intensity and duration of headaches.
9. Hangovers…Drinking water can help prevent the unpleasant symptoms experienced after drinking alcohol—such as thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth. These symptoms are a result of your becoming dehydrated from drinking too much alcohol, which is a diuretic.
10. Joint Pain…Drinking water maintains the ability of the joints to absorb shock and prevents joint pain.
11. Kidney Stones…Drinking water makes you have to pee more often, which prevents minerals from consolidating, crystallizing and becoming kidney stones.
12. Skin…Drinking water is important for maintaining healthy, clearer skin. Water is also important in preventing skin disorders and premature wrinkling…as well as making your skin look healthy and vibrant and preventing it from becoming dry, flaky and tight.
13. Tooth Decay…Drinking water keeps the mouth clean and as a result reduces tooth decay.
14. Weight Loss…Drinking water can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite and making you burn more calories.. Drink water instead of calorie-laden juices and sodas. Drink water thirty minutes before meals to make you feel full more quickly and keep you from overeating. Drink cold water, instead of lukewarm, so that your body will have to use more calories to heat the water to body temperature.