100 Fascinating Brain Facts

H2O is the Way To Go!!!

Posted: March 16, 2012
By: Drs. Dawn & Michael Falite

H2O Is The Way

To Go!

 

 

          Water is vital to the functioning of the human body.  In fact, we are composed of just 25% solid matter and 75% water.  The brain consists of 85% water, accounts for only 1/50th of the total body weight, and receives 20% of all blood circulation.  This is just one more example of how the nervous system is the most important system in the body.  It takes water to carry on the daily physiologic processes that need to occur every second of every day within your cells.  It is vital to your body metabolism, nerve transmission, cellular integrity, protein and enzyme function, and blood volume just to name a few.

          One way to tell if you are drinking enough water is to check your urine color.  It should be light yellow to almost colorless.  If it is darker than this it is a signal that your kidneys are working too hard to get rid of the toxins in your body.

          Sometimes, symptoms that people experience can be directly traced back to dehydration.  Morning sickness, headaches, chest pain, heartburn, arthritis pain, muscle soreness, high blood pressure, excess body weight, and water retention are some of the most common symptoms.

          Drinks like tea, coffee, alcohol, and sodas are not good substitutes for water because they contain dehydrating agents.  Chronic use of drinks like these in lieu of water lead to a decrease in your natural thirst sensation.  If you wait for your mouth to be dry before you drink, you are waiting too long. 

          Another misconception is that salt dehydrates you and is bad.  Actually, it is an essential ingredient in the body.  Approximately 27% of the salt content of the body is stored in the bones in the form of crystals because they make the bones hard.  Thus, a salt deficiency could contribute to the development of osteoporosis.  Salt will be taken out of the bones to maintain its vital normal levels in the blood.

          Your body needs an absolute minimum of six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  The best times to drink water are: one glass 30 minutes before each meal and another glass 2 1/2 hours after eating.  This is a minimum.  Shoot for 64 ounces a day and you’ll be on track (that’s just two Falite Chiro bottles full).  In fact, you’ll be doing swimmingly!  For more info, check out Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.

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