I discovered this week that one of my clients drinks no water, just coffee several times a day. He feels few ill effects, but, this has been going on for years and his body seems to have adapted. His plan is to gradually introduce some water to his diet – I’m sure his body will thank him greatly, heaving a great sigh of relief.
H2O, or good old water, apart from being obviously vital to life, is paramount to living in a metabolically ideal state. It is intricately involved in the transport of oxygen, nutrients and waste products into and out of cells. UK drinking water contains calcium, fluoride, chloride, magnesium, potassium, aluminium, copper, iron, lead and sodium, which all have benefits to us. Water is necessary for digestion and absorption, and it lubricates mucous membranes in the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts.
Water must be present for all chemical reactions that occur in the body, especially the metabolic reactions involved in energy production. Dehydration may hamper these systems. The body uses water to help cool it during exercise, in hot environments and when suffering from fever. Water also acts as cushioning in the spinal cord, the brain and between joints. It is clearly a wonderful substance.
NHS Choices recommend we drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, or around 1.2 litres. This is a conservative guideline compared to the US that recommend 3 litres for men and 2 litres for women. Symptoms of lack of water include dry mouth, lips and eyes, feeling thirsty, dark yellow and strong smelling wee, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, feeling tired, and peeing little and less than four times a day.
Keep the tasty, free, life enhancing cool stuff flowing in!