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Water, How Much Do You Need To Stay Healthy?

by Sandy Ruiz CCT, CR 

Drinking eight glasses of pure water a day is an important health principle for most people. When people do not follow this guideline they are constantly dehydrated.

Water is essential for the flow of the lymph stream. This stream of water collects impurities throughout the body which eventually are passed both through the kidneys and into the colon.

If sufficient water fails to furnish the necessary humidity to the waste matter in the colon, constipation develops, as well as headaches, feeling tired and groggy, also dry skin. If left untreated, dehydration can contribute to a variety of serious health problems, such as blood pressure, circulation, kidney infection, immune system function, and digestive disorders. So drink plenty of water, 4 ounces for every pound of body weight.

Our bodies are mostly H20, yet water is the forgotten nutrient. Drink a glass of water in the morning before anything else. Then sip water throughout the day. Get other fluids from juices, soups, teas, and you might feel more energetic and alive.

Drinking lots of water everyday helps the body dilute and get rid of odor causing toxins. To hydrate your lips and skin sip hot water or decaffeinated tea, which gently dilates your circulatory system so that the moisture can reach the tissues. Take one ore two sips every 10 minutes or so throughout the day.

Water transports energy to the blood, providing a cellular environment where it can work to provide nutrients, help oxygenate the blood, and maintain proper muscle tone.

Fighting the flu puts your metabolism into overdrive, your body throws off water in huge amounts. It is important to replace the water because your body needs it to expel toxins produced by your immune system as it's destroying the virus.

For lowering high blood pressure drink 15 glasses of water a day. Almost all of the blood pressure medications mimic the effects of increased water intake. Water relaxes your arteries, constricted arteries are the main cause of high blood pressure.

People with urinary incontinence sometimes try to gain control by drinking less water. Drinking less water produces more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder. This may increase the frequency of urination and the chance of an accident. Drink eight glasses of water a day, but sip it throughout the day rather than drinking a lot at one time. The one time you want to drink less is in the evening. Do not drink and liquids at least three hours before going to bed.

A simple test to determine if you are drinking enough water is to watch the color of your urine over a period of several days. It should be very lightly colored. If you are taking vitamin B2 by itself, or in a multi-vitamin, it will turn urine bright yellow, so discontinue the vitamin for 24 hours while maintaining your normal water drinking to determine if you need more water in your diet.

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