Water. The body's best friend

The importance of water for health

Often the simplest solutions are the cheapest and most beneficial to our health. Plain and simple, and in fact, often we ignore it. An example ..... WATER!

Water is one of the most important needs we have, but also the most neglected. For a healthy body is essential to an adequate intake of this fluid.

Water is involved in virtually every process that occurs in our bodies. It is present in each of our cells. We know that a person or animal can survive weeks without solid food, but without water we would die after a few days. Water is literally the source of life. It's kind of a cliche, but I can not think better describe this essential nutrient.

We're talking unadulterated water, rich in minerals free of toxic chemicals. Of course, the perfect water does not exist in this imperfect world. It is unfortunate that much of Earth's water is contaminated by chemical treatment, industrial waste and household chemicals, but the pure, filtered water or water from a clean source is one of the most important requirements for proper operation of the body .

Are there substitutes for water?

Besides taking water how can we be well hydrated? It's a common misconception that we can get to be well hydrated by drinking tea, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks. These are not suitable substitutes for water. In fact, contain dehydrating agents that actually make your body increase the need for more water. Only pure water and a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables will give your body the hydration each of your cells require to function optimally.

How much water should you drink daily?

Although opinions vary, it is generally recommended that a healthy person should drink between 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day. A good rule or method for measuring the amount of water you have to drink is to multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.03. The result is the amount of water you should drink daily. The amount you need can be influenced by the amount of exercise you do, the climate where you live, body size, etc.. Remember, most of the water your body will must come from food. Fruits and vegetables, melons and lettuce, for example, consist mostly of water.

Can you drink too much water?

You might ask "Is it possible to drink too much water? Well, the answer is yes, but it is unlikely under normal conditions, drinking too much. But if you drink too much, without having to replace electrolytes, runs the risk of diluting the essential electrolytes such as sodium in your body. Excess water can also lead to water intoxication, but this is something that does not have to worry about, unless you become obsessed by drinking liters of water every day. Would have to drink about a liter every hour to suffer dire consequences.

According to Dr. David Katz of the Yale School of Medicine: "In general, healthy people can not drink too much water. Normal kidneys can handle up to 12 liters a day!"

An optimal daily intake of water is one of the most important, if not the most important, the steps you can take to achieve your goal of optimal health. But remember that it is too easy to forget, or fall into the habit of drinking too little water regularly. Whenever you leave home do not forget to bring your water bottle. Fortunately, it is easy to buy bottled water when you are out, but is generally preferable to have the habit of getting our own bottle of filtered water with you leave home. Bottled water in certain types of plastic packaging, has its own problems, but that is to discuss in another article another day.

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