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Truth About Water

You survive about a month without food. You can't live without water for a week.

Almost 70% of the human body is comprised of water, one way or another. Water is the overwhelming component of blood, muscle, and fat.

Each day, we lose around 3 pounds of water a day from perspiration, expectoration, and urination. This cyclical flow of water through our bodies is vital to purge the numerous toxins and radicals we produce as byproducts of metabolism. Beside the purgative essential and chemical essentials of water, our bodies can "manufacture" additional water out of stored sugars, mainly glucose, when called upon for energy.

The minimum amount of water needed for basic health is 1 Quart Daily.

The ideal daily intake is 2 quarts - and far more if you are involved regular exercise.

Dehydration makes most people cranky; taken further, it can cause terrible mood swings. Be happy. Drink lots of great water. If you are into beauty, you are (or should be) into water. Water is the world's best moisturizer. Lacking adequate hydration, your skin becomes inelastic and takes on an unappealing texture. Consumed in large, regular quantities, the ideal water hydrates your skin, and give it a pureness and radiance.

In our bodies, water is part of all physical and chemical processes. Water is a transportation mechanism for oxygen, nutrients, minerals and other elements that constantly move in and out of our cell structures. Concurrently, water removes the wastes and toxins we produce, including toxins from caffeine, junk foods, sodas, and very importantly - alcohol. And finally, water is the coolant and antifreeze that enables us to govern our body temperature.

The most common cause of constipation is dehydration, especially if you are on a high-fiber diet. When the body is inadequately hydrated, it holds on to all the water it can, and the effect is that fiber - which is water-soluble - does not have the water it needs to absorb and is unable to vacate itself.

Water is basic to our body's defenses. First, it is the basis of the immune system which fights bacterial and viral infection, and water is used to produce antibodies and interferon. The mucous in our nose, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract - basically water - is a key protective barrier, and one of our first lines of defense. Dehydration results in dryer, less effective mucous. This is part of the reason why it is always recommended by doctors to drink loads of water if you have flu or a cold.

Kidney stones are calcium that has crystallized from your urine. Good hydration helps your calcium stay in solution. The benefit of preventing stones extends to kidney function, and lowering of the risk of osteoporosis and cystitis.


Calcium (Ca)

There is more calcium in the body than any other mineral. It is used to maintain strong bones and teeth and keep your heart beating regularly. Muscle activity and transmission of nerve signals also relies on calcium.

Recommended Daily Allowance
800 mg - 1000 mg

Deficiency of Calcium
A deficiency of calcium can lead to osteoporosis. Calcium deficiency also increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart attack.

Oversupply of Calcium
It is possible to have too much calcium. Indications are a lack of appetite, loss of weight, constipation, or an irregular heart beat.
 
Magnesium (Mg)

Magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral. It is essential for maintaining muscular and nervous equilibrium. It is also important for converting blood sugar into energy. Magnesium is also useful in fighting osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Recommended Daily Allowance
300 to 400 mg

Deficiency of Magnesium
Indications of a lack of magnesium are nervousness, sickness and stomach cramps.
 
Sodium (Na)

Sodium is important for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles. It is also essential for the exchange of water between the cells. Together with chlorine , sodium forms our normal salt, used to spice up our regular diet. While too much salt is unhealthy, none at all can lead to serious malfunction in our body as well.

Recommended Daily Allowance
2000 to 3000 mg

Deficiency of Sodium
Lack of sodium may result in weakness, illness, muscle cramps and in some cases the breakdown of vital body functions.

Oversupply of Sodium Too much sodium leads to high blood pressure.
 
Potassium (K)

Potassium works with sodium to regulate the body's water balance. In addition, it helps dispose of body wastes. Potassium is also responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses and for muscle contractions.

Recommended Daily Allowance
900 - 1000 mg.

Deficiency of Potassium
A deficiency of potassium leads to weakness of the muscles, low blood pressure, constipation, general fatigue and nervousness.

Oversupply of Potassium
It is possible to have too much potassium. Indications are fatigue, hearing deficiencies, and a metallic taste in the mouth.
 
Hydrogencarbonate (HCO3)

Hydrogencarbonate, or bicarbonate, helps to maintain acid balance in the stomach and the intestines and supports the digestion. It also relieves the effects of a hang-over.
 
Nitrate (NO3)

No Recommended Daily Allowance
 
Chlorine (Cl)

Chlorine regulates the blood's alkaline-acid balance. It works with sodium and potassium in a compound form.

Chlorine helps the liver to function and thus aids the cleaning of body wastes.

Chlorine is also used to purify water.

Recommended Daily Allowance
1700 mg - 5100 mg

Deficiency of Chlorine
Lack of chlorine may result in loss of stomach acid, diarrhoea, and, in extreme cases, loss of hair and teeth.
 
Sulphate (SO4)

Sulphur, the "S-part" of sulphate, is essential in maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails. It also aids the liver in bile secretion.

Deficiency of Sulphate
Lack of sulphur inhibits the body to repair damaged cells properly.
 
Fluoride (F-)

Fluoride is necessary for building bones and teeth. Teeth cleaned with fluoride are less prone to caries (which is why most toothpastes contain fluoride). On the other hand, fluoride is highly reactive and should be taken with care.

Recommended Daily Allowance
1 mg.

Oversupply of Fluoride
A daily amount of more than 2 mg may lead to poisoning. Too much fluoride colours the teeth and if taken over a very long time may lead to changes in the bone structure.
 
Silica (SiO2)

Silica is one of the body's natural cleansing agents. It is also helps build bones, cartilage, connecting tissues and teeth.

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