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The Elixir of Life

As spring begins with warm weather, sunshine, and flowers, let’s look at what will work best for our bodies on a physical level. I think water is a most essential food stuff to have in mind as we begin to change our activities.

Let me give you one suggestion: drink more water. Not diet soda, not sweetened anything. Plain seltzer, herbal tea, unsweetened, and drink more of it. Take your body weight, divide by 2, drink that many ounces. And if you intend to indulge in sports or any other physical activity, you need another10 to 20 ounces of water How much water is needed daily?

“The National Academy of Medicine suggests an adequate intake of daily fluids of about 13 cups and 9 cups for healthy men and women respectively, with 1 cup equaling 8 ounces. [1] Higher amounts may be needed for those who are physically active or exposed to very warm climates.”    https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/water

That means we need to be conscious of how much we are drinking, or not drinking.

All life on earth requires water for its existence. Fifty to seventy percent of the human body is water; water is part of every cell. The body holds ten to twelve gallons of water; so, replacing it every day is essential.

And it is part of all the chemical reactions that occur in the body. Especially endocrine gland function depends on adequate water.  In order for a nutrient to be digested, absorbed, transported, or metabolized, water is needed.

Waste products and toxins are removed from the body with the help of water molecules.

All biochemical reactions in the body require water.

All body systems require water for their functioning.

Water fills all the spaces within the cells of the body and between the cells of the body. Water forms part of the structures of proteins and the storage form of water in the body is named glycogen. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, sugars, and all the other nutrients are dissolved in water so the body can use them.

Regulation of body temperature depends on water. Water helps your body maintain your normal temperature. It lubricates and cushions your joints. Water keeps your skin moist and smooth. It also is used to protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.

All systems of the body-including and especially fat metabolism (weight loss or gain) depend on the presence of water. Water helps the body get rid of waste – excess fat, tissues and cells that are no longer needed. Many fat metabolites, like ketone bodies, are sent to the kidneys to be washed out of the body. If there is not enough water to wash them out, they are sent to the liver and recycled into fat cells. This slows down your weight loss.

Water relieves constipation. When the body gets too little water, it accesses what it needs from internal sources: now you may be thirsty, or constipated, or your skin may feel dry.

When the body gets enough fluids for its needs, fluid retention is unnecessary because there is enough. More fat is used as fuel and the leftovers are washed out of the body, while the liver metabolizes stored fat. You are not hungry or thirsty and your energy returns. And the body can use water to get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.

So, indulge the body with a water break instead of a coffee break; keep a bottle or cup of water handy at your desk, stop to take a drink whenever you pass by a water fountain, and keep a bottle of water in your tote bag, briefcase, or car. Enjoy feeling hydrated!

Blessings to you,

Theresa

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