Water -- Essential to Life
Human survival is dependent on water -- water has been ranked by experts as
second only to oxygen as essential for life. The average adult body is 55% to 75%
water. Since such a large percentage of our bodies is water, water must
obviously figure heavily in how our bodies function.
Aside from aiding in digestion and absorption of food, water regulates body
temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and removes toxins and other
wastes. This "body water" also cushions joints and protects tissues and organs,
including the spinal cord, from shock and damage. Conversely, lack of water
(dehydration) can be the cause of many ailments. In his book, Your Body's
Many Cries for Water, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj noted that chronic
dehydration may cause certain problems for the body, including hypertension,
asthma, allergies, and migraine headaches.
You should be drinking about 8 glasses of
healthy water a day.
Concern About the Nation's Drinking Water
Although water covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface, only 1% of the
Earth's water is available as a source of drinking water. Unfortunately,
Americans are finding that our limited supplies are often polluted with
contaminants such as Asbestos, Chloramine, Cysts (like Cryptosporidium and
Giardia), Lead, mercury, MTBE Trihalomethanes, Turbidity, Endocrine Disrupters
(chlordane, PCB, Toxaphene), and Volatile Organic Chemicals.
Consumers are taking matters into their own hands and are now determining the
quality of the water they and their families will drink by installing a drinking
water system that will give them clean, refreshing, and healthier water.
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
Soft water (water with the minerals removed) appears to contribute to a
higher incidence of hypertension and heart disease. According to an article
Good Housekeeping, nutritionists have determined that the amount of
minerals in your tap water can make a significant difference to your health. The
article cited a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic
Association that found that drinking "hard" water (water with the minerals
left in) may actually reduce your risk of heart disease. According to Whitney
and Hamilton's Nutrition, "soft water appears to contribute to a higher
incidence of hypertension and heart disease in areas where it is used. Hard
water may oppose these conditions."
Water and Weight Loss
Among its other benefits, water plays a major part in weight loss. Since
water contains no calories, it can serve as an appetite suppressant, and helps
the body metabolize stored fat, it may possibly be one of the most significant
factors in losing weight.
In the article "Water Bearers," (Shape magazine) Elizabeth Austin notes
that "water is the single most important nutrient you take in every day. It's
fat -free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and completely without calories."
Also, drinking more water helps to reduce water retention by
stimulating your kidneys.
Studies have recommended that if you are overweight according to average height
and weight comparison charts, you should add one glass of water to your daily
requirement of eight glasses for every 25 pounds over your recommended weight.
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without removing the healthful minerals. Over 3 million people worldwide are
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