Water is Necessary - Breakthrough H20s Now
November 3, 1999
Drinking water is so important for our bodies to function properly, yet it seems most people don't drink enough. We should try to consume at least eight glasses per day (8 ounces each). Drinking 64 ounces of water is not impossible. Often times when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. If you would just try to drink each time you snack, you would see a difference in your skin and your weight within a couple of weeks.
Drinking water is not about keeping your stomach "full". More people need to realize that water is necessary for the body to flush fat from its system. Water is needed to carry fat to muscle cells to be burned as fuel for energy. It is a "carrier" for the body at all levels (bio-chemically and physiologically).
The body's primary functions are accomplished in the presence of water (i.e.: respiration, digestion, assimilation, metabolism, elimination, water removal, and temperature regulation). Water is essential in dissolving and transporting nutrients such as oxygen and mineral salts via the blood, lymph, and other bodily fluids. Water also keeps the pressure, acidity, and composition of all chemical reactions in equilibrium. We can survive longer without food than we can without water!
Body compositional facts: blood is 83% water, kidneys are 82%, muscles 75%, brain 74%, liver 69%, and bones 22%. Children are 59% water and adults are between 45% and 65% water. The body of a newborn baby is 77% water. Water is the principal ingredient of the fluids that surround and are within all living cells. Only oxygen is more essential than water in sustaining life. Humans can live approximately five weeks without protein, carbohydrates and fats, but only 5 days without water!
Most water is removed by the kidneys, through which the entire blood supply passes and is filtered 15 times each hour. A certain amount is eliminated daily through evaporation or excretion, and must be replaced. Whenever the body becomes overheated, 2 million sweat glands excrete perspiration, 99% of which is water. The heat of the blood evaporates the sweat, which cools the body and helps keep the internal organs at a constant temperature.
A minimal, but consistent loss of water occurs during breathing and tearing. Moisture is exhaled from the water-lined nasal passages and the lungs. Dry climates draw more water than humid air. Tiny tear ducts carry a liquid solution to the upper eyelids, which lubricate the eyes 25 times every minute. The tears then pass down to the nose, where they evaporate.
Now that you realize the importance of water, here are some tips to consider. Try drinking an 8 to 12 ounce glass of room temperature water first thing in the morning. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice (fresh or concentrated) to help the body detox naturally (don't sweeten!!! - think of it as unsweetened lemonade). If you want to help your skin look youthful and keep your body alkaline, add some flavorless aloe juice to your bottled water, so you are getting a little bit throughout the day (better for homeostasis). Try using "sport bottles"; most are 16 ounces in size, so you only have to drink 4 bottles a day. Keep one at your desk, in the car, and in the kitchen, so every time you think of it, just take a sip. You'll be amazed how much easier it is to drink water when you don't force yourself to drink a large glass each time. I also like sport bottles because they don't mess up my lipstick!
There are several flavored waters available but my favorite is "peach-ginseng" by GLACEAU. The GLACEAU Company has created a full line of "fruit waters" that are made from vapor-distilled water for purity and blended with natural electrolytes to improve energy and hydration. They are infused with natural fruit essence and contain no juice, no sugar, no sodium, no preservatives, and nothing artificial. They have zero calories, yet they taste so good! Current flavors available are: lemon-ginger, cranberry-mint, watermelon, citrus and peach-ginseng. Each bottle contains 20 ounces (591 ml) and cost varies from $.99 to $1.19.
Here is a list of actual ingredients for the GLACEAU "peach-ginseng" Fruit Water (I'm drinking one right now): vapor distilled water, natural fruit flavors, citric acid, ginseng extract, electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, and potassium). Besides being tasty, it gives me energy!
J. Darius Bikoff, the man behind GLACEAU Fruit Water, has finally done what I've always wished for… he has created "Smart Water". This time, instead of containing electrolytes, which allows speedy hydration, his new "Smart Water" invention is spiked with vitamins and minerals. Finally, there is a way to supplement nutrients and hydrate the body a little bit at a time throughout the day. There are three varieties in the Vitamin Water line. The "Multi V Formula" boasts 100% of the recommended daily intake for vitamins A, C, and E.
If you can't find GLACEAU Fruit Water or Smart Water in your local health food store, you can call "haute source" (the distributor) at 1-800-746-0087 or visit www.glaceau.com.
Last of all, another water I greatly enjoy is GEROLSTEINER Natural Sparkling Mineral Water. The purity and rich mineral content of this water comes naturally from deep down in Gerolsteiner's volcanic rock since 1888.
In the heart of the Eifel - the wooded highland between Rhine, Moselle and Luxenburg with its extinct volcanoes and crater lakes - lays the health resort of Gerolstein, which is known far and wide for its rich mineral water reservoirs of exceptional quality. Today Gerolstein is considered to be one of the leading centers of the world's mineral spring industry. I initially discovered this great tasting mineral water while working in Hamburg, Germany. Since it is "bubbly", I like to sip it from a wine glass - sometimes I add a slice of lemon, lime, or strawberry. Most health food stores carry it in the price range of $.99 to $1.19 for one liter (1 qt 1.8 fl oz). You can read more about this special water by visiting www.gerolsteiner.com.
What is the main message from this week’s newsletter? DRINK WATER!!!!! As the Nike campaign says, "Just do it" … or as the T-Tapp campaign says, "It's Basic for a Better Body".
Best wishes ‘til next week,