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01D WATER, WATER, WATER ...
Do you drink water only when you are thirsty? Thirst is not always an accurate indication of when water is needed. Adequate water intake is necessary for good health. Did you know that about 60% or your body is water? Your muscles are 75% water, and even your bones are 20% water. Every one of your 100 trillion cells requires fluid. Temperature control, removal of wastes, carrying of oxygen to the cells, healing, and many other body functions require a daily supply of water. Next to air, water is the most abundant and essential substance in the world for life.
The body has a remarkable recycling process for its water. Your kidneys have a great deal to do with water regulation. Although they weigh only 100 grams, they process all of the five to six liters of blood in your body every 1 1/2 hours. A million tiny filters in the kidneys remove the waste from the blood circulating through them. In a 24-hour period the kidneys filters 180 liters of water from the blood, but 99% of this water is reabsorbed back into the system, so that we only produce about 1 1/2 liters of urine a day normally. Insufficient water puts a strain on the kidneys. The wastes become concentrated, and constipation, backache, and headache may result.
When working hard physically or exercising vigorously, you should drink water frequently during the activity. If you merely drink when you are thirsty, or drink the water you desire, you will only drink one-third to one-half of the water that is being lost. So this should be replaced by forced drinking if necessary. One of the main reasons Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay succeeded in climbing Mt. Everest was that they forced themselves to drink 12 glasses of water a day, while other teams that failed, because of the numbing exhaustion, drank only two glasses a day.
The body loses about ten glasses of water every day. The equivalent of four glasses are taken into our bodies as food each day. This leaves a deficit of six glasses that has to made up daily to balance the output. Thus we should all drink at least six glasses of water a day, and eight would be better. Drink two glasses when you rise in the morning, two more in mid-morning, and two in mid-afternoon. The best time to drink water is at least 15 minutes before a meal, or two hours after a meal. Avoid drinking anything with your meals for it diminishes the flow of saliva, dilutes the stomach acids, and slows digestion.
Here in the tropics almost everyone bathes daily. You know the glowing feeling you receive from regular bathing. Whether for internal or external use, water is one of your most priceless possessions.
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