There was a time growing up, when I thought that water was free.
When my teacher told the class how much water we should drink daily, I thought that would be no problem. In those early days we referred to the study of cleanliness as hygiene. I seldom hear that word used today.
Anyhow, I took the drinking of water for granted. After all, who does not feel thirsty? Who does not know that water quenches the thirst?
In addition, we spent so much time involved in physical activities – work, play, walking to almost everywhere we had to go, running there at times depending upon the urgency of the situation – that drinking water was a necessity.
Plus that, the only alternative was fruits – coconut, oranges, grapefruit – and we all knew that they sometimes left you with a greater desire for water. So, drink the water and get it done with.
I really never took time to consider why water was important to my body.
Water and the body
The fact is that the body of an average adult contains approximately 55 quarts of water. Every cell of the body contains water and without it the majority if not all of the body functions will fail.
Even the transfer of oxygen from the air we breathe in, to the lungs and then to the blood cells require the presence of moisture. If the lung tissue were dry then no transfer would take place.
The bones, which may appear to be the least needful of moisture is made up of an estimated 30 to 40 percent water. Thus, it is concluded that water accounts for 70 percent of the human body weight.
Those who have tried to lose weight on more than one occasion would realize that what they first lost was water. It was only later, with continued exercise and proper nutrition that fat loss began to occur.
Water on the inside is used to cool the body – regulate the body temperature – on the outside. Evaporation of that moisture as air passes over, aids in cooling the body and therefore regulating its temperature.
The hair of the body assists in this process by trapping the moisture on the surface of the skin and allowing the passing breeze to carry away a small amount at a time through evaporation. Those who shave their skin should consider this cooling system before they proceed with all hair removal.
Hair was given for a purpose.
In the mouths, water is the medium that forms the saliva in which are carried the enzymes needed for the beginning of the digestive process. It also assists in the lubrication of the mouth and digestive tract and mixes with the food for its smooth passage into and the of the digestive tract.
In his book Highways to Health, Harold Shryock, M.A., M.D., states:
“Two thirds of the water in the human body is in the cells that make up the tissues. The other one third is found in the spaces between the cells, inside the blood vessels, and inside the hallow organs.”
By now, you should have a greater appreciation of the need for and presence of water in the body.
We can’t live without it
By just looking at what was said before, it can be seen that we cannot live without water.
A deficit of 10 percent of water from the body or an increase over what is normally needed by a similar figure, may result in serious symptoms being experienced.
A variation of as much as 20 percent either way, may result in death. This does not mean that a little more than the daily body requirement would cause harm, but getting it too high can be dangerous and even fatal.
We have three major elimination systems in the body: the skin, the digestive tract and the kidneys. Without water, none of them would function properly and would result in illness.
Let’s take a look at the kidneys.
This bean shaped organ is mainly responsible for the processing of the liquids we place in the body. It can be referred to as the body’s filtration system.
Estimates place the amount of water that pass through the kidneys each day at about 180 quarts. This is filtered and returned to the blood stream for further use by the body. Some is used to transport the filtered products to the urinary bladder via the ureters, where it is stored in the form of urine until it can be eliminated.
The volume of urine will be determined by the amount of water consumed each day. It is to the individual’s benefit though, to use the recommended 6 to 8 glasses of water per day as it helps the kidney in its vital function.
A greater strain is placed on the kidneys to produce concentrated urine – as a result of drinking too little water – than the diluted urine that would result from drinking an adequate amount of water. You will be doing your body and kidney a favor when you drink what is needed.
Following this recommendation is much better and cheaper that having to deal with kidney failure and being on dialysis later on in life.
Even before dialysis however, there are other diseases that result from kidney problems such as hypertension, fluid retention, anemia, and uremia.
Kidney and bladder stones are also very painful reminders that you have not been taking good care of the kidney, most likely by not giving it an adequate daily supply of water.
The digestive tract
The mouth is the major organ used for the ingestion of water into the body – some can be absorbed via the skin but the amount is negligible.
From the stomach, the major part of the water swallowed is distributed throughout the body. On its way to the stomach, water lubricates the mouth, throat and esophagus. The mucous membrane along the passage is thus moistened for any intake of food later on.
When we eat, the food is mixed with the saliva and transported into the stomach where digestion continues and then into the small and large intestines. During the entire process, water aides in digestion by providing the medium for the mixing of the food with the enzymes secreted at the different stages.
It is also the medium via which the nutrients are transferred into the blood cells for transportation to every cell.
In the large intestine, the waste is also kept in a soft form as a result of the presence of water. If this does not occur, you will have serious problems voiding when you visit the bathroom.
Water is therefore eliminated via the stool. Another good reason to drink enough water and spare yourself constipation and hemorrhoids and possible anal fissure.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and well-designed by the Creator to provide protection and covering for the more delicate organs. It also is aesthetically pleasing to look at when properly cared for.
The skin is also a medium for the removal of toxic chemicals from the body and a regulator of body temperature. It contains millions of tiny sweat glands just beneath its surface that are engaged in the separation of impurities from the blood. If these are not removed they can lead to disease and later death.
These impurities are transferred to the surface to the skin via the pores. So when you perspire, toxins are brought the surface of the skin for removal. A smoker, for example, when sweating, will give off a tobacco scent, showing that the body is doing its best to remove this poison from its systems.
Other substances eliminated via the skin are: urea, sodium chloride, lactic acid and potassium. All these are brought to the surface in liquid form when you sweat.
“Every movement we make destroys a tiny portion of the living tissues. These dead tissues have a poisonous effect on the body and must be removed. Some of the substances that are normally excreted by the system can be very deadly under certain circumstances, such as some of those contained in the urine, bile, gallbladder, etc. They must be eliminated as quickly as possible and here the marvelous properties of eat are again exhibited. Pure water dissolves these poisons whenever it comes in contact with them. Then, after being brought by the circulatory system to the proper organs – liver, skin, kidneys, and lungs – the poisons are expelled”.
“The skin has millions of pores, from which constantly flows a stream of poisons from the disintegration of body cells. As we perspire, these dead cells or poisons are left on the skin. As time passes, more and more accumulate there. If the skin is normally active, it takes several days for these dead cells to from a layer, which could be compared to a thin coating of varnish. Unless a person bathes properly and often, these dead cells and poisons continue to accumulate and increase until they start to undergo a process of decomposition and subsequent re absorption into the blood, thus placing an additional load on the organs of excretion”. Kloss, J., Back to Eden pg 900.
Another good use of water, this time externally. Bathe often. Cleanse that skin.
The human body needs pure water with which to do its work. Contaminated water places further pressure on the body to remove the contaminants and fight off germs that bring diseases.
It is your responsibility as far as possible to ensure that you drink pure clean water. Iced water should be avoided as far as possible. Cool water is good.
Today there are many companies producing water besides what is available from the state. All boasts that they have the best water for drinking.
A few decades ago there was fresh or pure water, contaminated water, hard water, soft water and mineral water. Besides contaminated water, all the others had their benefits.
Today we hear about alkaline water, acidic water, filtered water, artesian water, mineral water, purified water and there may be others that I have not heard of yet.
Reality is that most of the bottled water available on the shelves are most times, no different from each other. The source and at time the processing may be the main cause for the difference in taste.
If your main source of water is that which is supplied by the state then it may be wise to pay close attention to what you drink. Unfortunately, at times, the water comes through the tap in a condition that tells you that it is not safe for drinking. It may then be necessary to add a filtration system to your line so that you purify this water before it reaches into your home.
So whether you drink the bottled water or that provided by the state – or if you are blessed with a spring close by, or a dug well – what is most important is that the water is pure or purified.
If you have doubts, it is advised that you boil your water to destroy all bacteria/germs. After it is cool pour it from one container to another to return the air – aerate – to it and get rid of the bland taste that would otherwise result.
How to make sure you get enough
Now you know how much your body needs water and the benefits it brings to you.
Many people think that once they drink a liquid they would be okay. Sorry to burst your bubble but there is no liquid that can continually substitute for water.
Even those manufactured sports drinks cannot replace water, in spite of what we are told.
So you need to ensure that daily you give yourself that liquid gift that your body will reward you for. In many cases, until it becomes a habit, you will need to consciously decide to drink that water instead of say, a soda.
While at university I learned that beginning the day with two glasses of water was a good way to start. I tried it and have never regretted it once I became accustomed.
If you practice not eating/snacking between meals and drink a glass of water instead, every time you think that you need a snack, you’ll be surprised that you easily meet the suggested amount.
Of course, if you are exercising or doing heavy work, you will need to replace more water.
The person working or even living in air-conditioned buildings would need to make that extra effort to remember to drink their water. It is known that in such an environment you tend to feel less thirsty. It’s the same in cold or rainy weather.
Once you do this often enough it becomes a habit and then you will have no problem remembering to keep yourself hydrated.
With your body being 70 per cent water, it is essential that you remember to always drink enough water daily. Six to eight glasses are recommended per day and if you are very active, more is required.
Meeting this requirement allows you to provide your body with what it needs to assists in the transportation of your food from mouth to stomach, to the small and large intestines where nutrient transfer takes place.
Water also is the medium that keeps the blood in its liquid state and acts as the transportation mechanism for the blood cells which carries nutrients to every cell of the body.
The Kidney needs water to properly perform its filtration duties. An under supply of water makes its work much more difficult and can result in its failure. Kidney failure leads to death even if life is prolonged due to dialysis.
This and other fatal diseases can be avoided if you drink enough water daily.
Give yourself a daily treat, drink your water.
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:13, 14
I hope the information provided was helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question and let me know what you think.