The importance of receiving a fresh supply of water is understood when we realize that almost three-fourths of the body is made up of water.
The vital organs are made up of at least 70 percent water. The blood and brain of the human body are composed of about four-fifths water. The fluid secretions (saliva, gastric juice, and liver bile, etc) and excretions (skin perspiration and urine, etc) are more than nine-tenths their weight in water, and these fluids need clean water regularly to perform their functions.
Two-thirds of the body’s water is found in the cells and the other one-third is outside the cells, either in the blood stream as plasma, in body cavities, or between the cells as tissue fluid.
More on the body’s use of Water
Water is absolutely essential for vital functions of the body. The following are some of the major areas that require water for its effective functioning.
•Blood: The red and white blood cells are suspended in plasma, as well as the nutrients, minerals, enzymes, and hormones. It is very important to keep the blood thin enough to allow free-flowing circulation. Blood that is healthy will do the needed work of cell cleansing and waste removal. When the blood is too thick and the red blood cells cannot flow easily, a diseased condition appears.
•Digestion: Our saliva and all other digestive juices are very important factors in the breakdown of billions of food molecules, so that our small intestines can absorb the nutrients we eat. Water is the key component in these various juices. Lack of water will greatly retard digestion, causing poor digestion and clogging to the system.
However, it is important to not drink water with meals, for it dilutes the stomach’s hydrochloric acid and digestive juices. This also slows down the digestive process, resulting in putrefaction of the food in the system. It is recommended that we drink water at least one hour before and two hours after a meal.
•Cell Metabolism: Water is an important part of each cell and its ability to produce energy-cell metabolism. All nutrients, minerals, enzymes, oxygen, etc., are moved in through the cell membranes to the various working parts inside the cell.
Water is used within the cell to produce many chemical reactions. Cell waste is also transported by cellular fluids back to the blood for cell cleansing. When we do not get enough water, it is like draining the water out of the fish tank with all the fish inside. We dehydrate ourselves, and if continued, sickness and disease set in.
•Elimination of Body Waste: The body uses the cellular fluid, blood, lymphatic fluid, and mucus in order to clean itself internally. The blood deposits body waste into the colon or large intestine. Water plays a major role in this process, because about 2/3 of the stool is made up of water. The rest is solid waste, such as dead blood cells, bacteria, fat, cellulose, etc.
•The Brain and Nerves: Our brains are about 75% water. Here water also plays a major roll in our ability to think, to remember, and to relate socially to one another. Lack of water in our systems will result in mental dullness, depression, fatigue, and our inability to handle stress well.
Water is also essential for the neuro-transmitters to move properly along the long nerve axon tubes. It is best to drink eight or more glasses of water each day. If you start to feel tired or depressed – try water, fresh air, exercise and prayer.
How much water should we drink?
As a general rule we should drink two quarts of water daily, more when we are sick or perspiring. A good formula for daily water intake is: divide your body weight by two, and then divide that answer by eight. For example, a person with a body weight of 160 pounds should drink about 10 glasses of water daily. This is calculated by dividing 160 by 2 = 80 and then dividing 80 by 8 = 10 glasses of H20.
Remember, that two glasses of warm water in the morning really gets the blood flowing and helps in having a good bowel movement.
Are you constipated or continuously suffering from headaches? Drinking lots of water daily could help relieve you from these ailments!