~ WATER IS VITAL ~
“Only water is water,” and “…water is essential, not only to life but also to the success of any nutritional program,” writes Steven Nugent, NMD, PhD in his article, “Water: Key to Good Health.” He explains that as water is consumed, one’s brain recognizes it as such “…and uses the liquid for what water was intended for-- hydration of cells and tissue and cleansing of one’s body. If it detects liquid food, you will only derive a partial hydration benefit because only the mechanisms for food digestion are set in motion.” Therefore, the liquids that are the first choice quenchers for many Americans--such as tea, coffee, soda, etc.--are registered as food by the brain--not as water. The unfortunate result is that most Americans spend their entire lives never knowing how good it feels to be well-hydrated.
After an initial massage session, and for several sessions thereafter, I will ask my clients to drink LOTS of water for the next 24 hours. Then I ask how much water they generally drink on a daily basis. I’m happy to report that many are drinking as much as 64 ounces daily, as they know the importance of water. For all, I hope the following information may be of interest:
”Water plays several crucial roles in the body. It helps regulate temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen, and removes waste. It also cushions joints and organs,” reports Usha Lee McFarling in The Boston Globe article, ”What Percentage of the Human Body is Water …?”
“Water is the most important nutrient; it really is the basis of a healthy diet even though it’s not included in the food guide pyramid,” says Felicia Busch, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, in an interview with Usha Lee McFarling of the Boston Globe.
A minimum of eight ounces of water a day is essential, she says, and more than that if one is exercising, overweight or in buildings using recirculated air (cooled or heated) for long periods.
Waiting until one actually feels thirsty to drink water is a mistake. By the time a person experiences signs of dehydration--a “cottony” mouth, dizziness and weakness, darkening of the urine--he or she is experiencing serious dehydration. Headaches, fatigue and weakness are commonly-experienced symptoms.
As noted in Ms. McFarling’s article, blood is 83% water, muscle is 75% water and bones are 22% water.
So, remember, to feel fully alive, adequate water is a must.
McFarling, Usha Lee: “What percentage of the human body is water, and how is this determined?” The Boston Globe, January 12, 1998, page C5. An interview with Felicia Busch, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
Nugent, Steven, NMD, PhD: “Water: Key to Good Health” Health & Living, Vol. 2 No. 1, February 2002. Health & Living is a periodic publication of Mannatech Incorporated.