The human body is made up of approximately 75% water. A drop of just a few percent can have adverse symptoms and affect your performance and well being. Water is vital element, required for many functions in the body including digestion, delivery of nutrients, circulation of blood, excrement of waste, lubrication of joints and internal organs and regulation of body temperature.
Water is a possibly the most overlooked area when looking at nutrition and health. Most people don’t nearly drink enough of it meaning they walk around chronically dehydrated all day – day after day.
Do you drink you quota of water per day?
If you answer no you may have noticed some symptoms such as:
- Low back pain
And chronic dehydration offer extended periods can result in:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Dyspeptic pain
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- And many other metabolic dysfunctions.
If you are not drinking enough water – your body has to get it from somewhere else! That somewhere else is your colon, if you are dehydrated your body squeeze the water out of you feces causing constipation and the absorption of toxic fluids into the blood stream – is that not a scary thought?
Among other areas your body steals water from is the disc’s in the lower back – meaning those joints are no longer nicely lubricated and get stiff and stuck, resulting in you guessed it lower back pain.
The key to hydration is water, and from a evolutionary standpoint, all other beverages (ie diet/ regular sodas, juices, coffees, teas, processed milk and alcohol) require much more water than they actually contain to process / detox / pass them through the system, and I hate to say it are agents of dehydration.
Thirsty? Grab some H2o.