60-70 % of our body is made up of water.
80% of our weight is water.
We could live weeks without food but only days without water.
Our brain and heart are made up of 73% water, lungs 83%, skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.
So what does water do?
Control body temperature
Cushions your joints
Carries nutrients throughout your body
Thins the blood and makes it less likely to clot
Reduces the symptoms of arthritis
Helps with weight-loss by filling you up without adding calories or raising your blood sugar
But what is does for your digestion is huge:
Flushes waste from our body in the form of urine
Assists digestion in the processing of nutrients
Prevents constipation by softening your stool and keeps food moving through your digestive tract.
Reduces heartburn by washing out the acid in your esophagus
Lowers your risk of colon cancer
Lowers the chance of gallstones occurring
The effectiveness of adding fiber, magnesium and exercise in fighting a slow digestive process depends on your drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.
I have often said that if you are going to do just one thing to improve your health, it would be to drink 8 glasses of clean water a day.
Remember, anything with caffeine acts to dehydrate your body so you need to drink even more!
It is also important to know that the water you are drinking is clean water.
If you have a well, have it tested for bacteria and pollutants.
If you have city water, contact your water department and find out the quality of the water.
Bottled water is not necessarily the answer as the source and quality of bottled water is not regulated.
Having problems remembering to drink your water?
Put a 32 oz pitcher on your desk when you first arrive at work and make the commitment to drink it all by lunch.
Then do it!
Do the same in the afternoon.
Think plain water is too boring?
Add lemons, limes, strawberries, cucumbers or even apple slices and let them sit over night.
You will have a soft infused flavor.
So how many glasses of water do you drink a day?
What strategy could you use to drink the 8 glasses needed to create good digestive health?
You Deserve to be Healthy and Hydrated!
The Complete Guide to Digestive Health by FC&A Publishing
Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski
Water Image courtesy of Naypong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net