THE BENEFITS OF WATER
By Valli Manley B.C.N.D, CNHP
Water is essential to life. Webster defines water as “a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen”. That really doesn’t sound too inviting, but water is vitally important. Water is necessary: in saliva production, making gastric juices in the stomach, it helps to maintain blood volume levels, it helps to flush toxins out of the body and it helps with the exchange of nutrients and wastes on a cellular level.
If water is so vitally important, then why don’t we drink more of it? As a society that is guided by the pleasure factor, it is not as palatable to the taste buds as some of the other, more toxic beverages. We think that drugs come in the form of heroin and cocaine, but the legal drugs of choice are processed food, soft drinks and coffee. They are addictive and extremely toxic.
Processed foods contain what is called empty calories. This means that you are eating food that has no nutritive value. Many times the enzymes (they help your body to digest the food you eat) are removed to increase shelf life. Nutrients are removed and fillers and chemicals are added all in the interest of better tasting food. Many times our bodies don’t even recognize these chemicals. In an effort to protect itself, the body will release water in an effort to dilute the chemical intruder until it can figure out what to do with it. Cumulatively, the sugar in the soft drinks compromises the immune system. Coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine, which keeps blood vessels in a state of constriction. This creates an insult to the circulatory system, which can contribute to high blood pressure and “impotency in men” according to Dr. Andrew Weil.
With all of the foreign chemicals that we ingest, it is imperative that we try to eliminate as much of them as we can. The remedy would be to STOP eating garbage, but until we can develop the discipline, we should try to remove the toxins we ingest and keep our water intake at a healthy level. You want to eliminate toxins through your kidneys and colon.
How much water should we be drinking? The correct formula would be half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs. you should be drinking 75 oz. of water throughout the day. Never try to drink your personal daily requirement in too short a period of time, you will over tax your kidneys and possibly flush out important nutrients. Drink your water throughout the day in small amounts. A good drink about 4oz. every half hour.
What kind of water should we drink? Tap water is the worst. It contains all kinds of chemical additives and environmental contaminants. Spring water is only required to contain 10% spring the rest can be tap. Distilled water is great, but you have to make sure that you get your minerals because it pulls mineral salts out of your system. Purified water is good because the chemicals are removed. Water is an inexpensive beverage that is priceless in its health rewards.
Valli Manley CNHP (certified natural health professional) ND, Educator at an Esthetic School in the heart of NYC, NYS licensed Esthetician and state board examiner for the Esthetics licensing exam. Practicing Nutritional Consultant.