How Important Is Water?
Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
75% of North Americans are chronically dehydrated.
Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day
could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of
Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much
as 3%. Studies have shown that with prolonged dehydration, brain
cells actually begin to shrink. This small shrinkage will impair
neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration, and slow thinking.
Increased water consumption has been shown to help relieve migraine
headaches, high blood cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis pain,
allergies, and high blood pressure.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory,
trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer
screen or on a printed page.
In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is
often mistaken for hunger.
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon
cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by
79%, and substantially reduces the risk of developing bladder
Without ample water intake, the pancreas is less efficient, acids
in the stomach are not properly neutralized, and the functions
of the intestine are inhibited. Over an extended period of time,
this can lead to constipation, colitis pain, false appendicitis
pain, and even hiatus hernia.
Do not confuse water consumption with fluid consumption. Sodas
and coffee are NOT an acceptable substitute. In fact, you need
to consume even MORE water if you're drinking sodas and coffee.
Caffeine, one of the main components of most sodas, causes increased
urine production and acts as a dehydrating agent.