Water – 1st Line of Defense

“I can’t drink water.” “Water is gross.” I’ve heard both these statements several times recently. Break out of your comfort zone and reclaim your body by giving it the most valuable substance on earth: WATER.

Most people would do anything to save the life of their child, mother, or lover. Yet, when it comes to themselves, they choose pain and discomfort over a clean, healthy diet. The first change towards cleaner eating is upping your water intake. I know it’s easier to continue eating and drinking the way you are accustomed, but to choose to live in a state of chronic dehydration and continue to suffer from modern disease, because you won’t simply drink a glass of water every 4 hours, is absurd.

To say “I can’t” to anything has become too foreign a concept for me to feel compassion towards. Choose a different word if you must but I’ve dealt with pretty intense personal discipline in the last year, not to mention the trial-and-error of life we all go through, and at this point am convinced that ANYone can do ANYthing more then ever before. It’s a choice we make: to do better, feel better, be better. It’s.Your.CHOICE.

Water makes up 50-65% of the human body, and more in men then women. If you break it down by organs, the percentage of water used to properly function is even higher in the brain and heart, around 75%, in the lungs and blood we’re looking at about 85%.

Coffee, tea, juice, sports drinks… Although water is the base for these treats, very little, if any, is absorbed into the body. Instead these choices act as diuretics and pass right through, causing more frequent urination and, if this is your only source of liquid, dehydration. When cells are lacking the necessary amounts of water to transport all the good stuff to whatever part of the body needs it most, they slow down. Your organs then go into over or under drive depending on the situation, causing havoc which presents itself as a number of modern diseases.

Chronic dehydration is very common. While there is surely a pill to help whatever you’ve been diagnosed with, (lack of) water is at the core of many modern problems. The addition of pure water in your diet will begin to show results as soon as you replenish your cells, bones and organs. Cut back on the sugar drinks and stop relying on coffee as your ‘water’ intake of the day. It should only be counted as your coffee. Your body has grown so accustom to operating in a state of dehydration that it no longer signals you with thirst as a first sign. The way you feel is the biggest sign. Heartburn, arthritis, GERD, bladder pain, migraines, UTI, back pain, angina, colitis, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol – ALL things an increase in water can help cure, prevent or manage.

After reading this, I would hope no one, especially those suffering from any of the above mentioned disorders, will continue to shy away from drinking water. Do your own research. If you still ‘can’t’ drink water, than I’m afraid you have much bigger problems then any disease or disorder that may be crippling your quality of life. Think of your family, your future, your LIFE.

Will you begin to drink more water? A minimum of 8 glasses a day is recommended, I would suggest more whenever possible and a filtered water bottle to keep in your purse, bag, car, back pocket, or where ever else suits you. Just like Vitamin B, your body is in constant need of more water. Have a glass before and/or after every glass of anything else you choose to drink. Gulp it, sip it, chug it; cold, warm, whatever. It’s a fresh start down the path to increased wellness.

 

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4 Comments on “Water – 1st Line of Defense”

  1. Mike Barratt says:

    This is a great read and reinforces why I drink 100+ oz of water a day. Thanks for sharing!

  2. wartica says:

    That is the problem with our current outlook on water; sugary drinks have taken over so much that people are grossed out by the word – water. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

  3. drjorgemd says:

    I completely agree that many health troubles are as simple as chronic dehydration. The troubles I see are related to asking patients if they get plenty to drink and they say yes, but is it water (or even herbal teas) that answer switches waivers to no. I tell patients to fill a water bottle or thermos in the morning and refill it mid day. Take small but frequent sips throughout the day. Slow down after meals to keep excessive pressure off your stomach. Wait half an hour before drinking tea after dinner.

  4. Dad says:

    As always, entertaining and informative. First paragraph proves the old, old adage..one is never a hero in their own land. Thanks for keeping me humble.

    Keep writing.


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