It’s no secret that water is a vital source of life, but did you know that drinking enough water can also help you to avoid disease?
Water is so important not only for healthy body function, but also for keeping at bay a long list of everyday ailments and even many chronic diseases.
Here we reveal the role that water plays in supporting your body's resistance to 10 of the most common chronic diseases out there. Hopefully this will be enough for you to make sure you drink enough pure, clean water every single day!
Your lungs are one of the first organs to lose water because you vaporise and expel water during the process of breathing.
So when your body is low on water, it naturally tries to prevent your lungs from expelling too much by constricting them. It does this by increasing the production of histamine, which blocks water evaporation and also controls the flow of bodily fluids to transport water to where your body needs it most.
By drinking enough water, you can prevent this process from occurring and help ensure that your entire body is properly hydrated.
You've probably heard of a medication called antihistamines that might seem to help, but it can also prevent the rest of your body from getting the water it desperately needs. This is an example of why it's always best to focus on the causative and preventative factors you can control, such as your level of water consumption, so that your body has a chance to work it's natural healing magic.
Water is also a wonderful bronchial dilator and it relieves inflammation. For people who rely on inhalers to help them breathe, the right amount of water can actually help them to gradually become less dependant on their use over time.
The secret to drinking enough water is to drink frequently and consistently throughout the day, rather than ingesting large amounts at a time.
2. Stomach Ulcers
One of the main causes of stomach ulcers is actually dehydration, so it’s no surprise that they can be avoided and eased by drinking enough water.
The body seals off the stomach flow using a muscle spasm because the pancreas can’t neutralise stomach acid. The acid pools and creates ulcers as the acid corrodes away at the tissue.
An influx of water dilutes the acid and allows the pancreas to work it's magic. When this occurs, the pain goes away and the ulcers can begin to heal.
People suffering from the pains of ulcers can relieve them in relatively short time by drinking a couple of glasses of water every 2-3 hours throughout the day.
If you’re suffering from regular headaches, then chances are you're constantly dehydrated.
When the brain is not receiving enough water - which it needs to source directly from the stomach via capillary precipitation - the blood vessels in the brain constrict out of desperation, to hold onto the water that they have. This is what causes the headache pain.
The true cause is ultimately dehydration, and the cure of course, is drinking more pure water.
Sinus headaches are no exception, and they can be treated with re-hydration too. Hydration is a vital first step to relieving head aches if you want to avoid dependency on aspirin and headache medications.
Learn more in our blog Knock Out Headaches & Migraines for Good!
4. High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a serious health condition that can lead to a host of other problem diseases. Luckily, it is also a condition where water can play an important part in the healing process.
Water deficiency leads to high blood pressure.
When the body has to force water into its critical tissues, it has to raise the pressure, which is called hypertension.
One of the main causes of hypertension is a lack of water in the body. Interestingly, salt, which is often falsely blamed for high blood pressure, actually helps the body to regulate water and keep the tissues hydrated.
5. Chronic Fatigue
When you look at how plants revive in water and become stronger and taller, it’s clear how water can revitalise effectively.
Water generates energy through hydrolysis, which means the splitting of water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen.
This energy generated by water helps produce what science has named ATP, a component that stores body energy.
The body is about 70 percent water and the brain is around 93 percent water, which should highlight the importance of daily replenishment to ensure healthy body and brain function.
Because of the role water plays within the cells and energy centres of the body, drinking enough water should be at the top of your list if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.
6. Cognitive Malfunction
Most of the brain’s energy is drawn from water.
In fact, neurotransmission relies on water and fresh water flow. What occurs along nerve paths is an exchange of charged mineral colloidals called cateoris, and cateoris exchange gets its energy from water
Water also affects nerve transmission in that, along the entire length of nerves there exists waterways, tiny micro streams of water that float materials along biological structures called micro-tubules. These small rivers of water move molecules manufactured in the brain to their destinations in the nerve endings throughout the body.
Lack of water or shortage of water slows things and eventually grinds it all to a halt. Dehydration shrinks, impairs and eventually kills cells, while water shapes cells, holds them together and allows them to work. Dehydration increases the thickness and stickiness of the cell fluids clogging them up. In the brain, this creates memory loss conditions such as senile dementia and general cognitive decline over time.
To help prevent this from occurring, make drinking plenty of water daily a habit at any age.
7. Cancer Prevention
Cancer is most often caused by excess free radicals in the body, and one of the greatest causes of free radicals and their ability to proliferate is actually dehydration.
By not drinking enough water, we put ourselves at risk of not only many everyday ailments but also cancer.
Water is one of the greatest ways to flush out toxic residues and thereby free radicals from the body. Remember a build up of toxicity is one of the main causes of chronic disease, including a variety of cancers.
Frequent hunger is usually a mask for chronic dehydration.
If you are hungry all of the time, chances are you'll consume way more food than your body needs, which ultimately will lead to unwanted weight gain.
By giving your body enough water each day, you can allow it to function well and regulate water properly again. Focus on water first before food, and you’ll soon find that you are hungry less often and you'll go a long way to avoiding excess weight gain.
9. Hormone Disruption
Hormone disruption is caused by toxic environmental factors and the harmful chemicals in the personal care products you use and foods you eat.
At the cellular membrane levels, there occurs what is called confrontational rotation of reception molecules. Water controls the changing shapes and positions of molecules that escort harmondines to cells. Water is the catalyst in the receptor's performance and improves the uptake of harmondines into the cells.
Interestingly enough, sex and sexual performance are ultimately affected by the conditions at the receptor sites. In addition, other factors include your level of fatigue, irritability or mood and even your susceptibility to allergies.
Your water intake can play a key role in moderating the effects of these elements that lead to hormone disruption, though it is also wise to try and eliminate unwanted chemicals from your personal care and dietary routine as much as possible as well.
10. Digestive Issues
Water is crucial for maintaining healthy digestive function and thereby preventing a range of digestive related discomforts and diseases, including constipation, IBS and even colon and bowel cancers.
When you drink enough water, your body is able to break down the food you eat and flush out bulk from your digestive tract.
In other words, drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do to ensure your bowel movements stay regular and to help your body become efficient at eliminating everyday toxins and waste.
How Much Water Should You Drink
Whilst there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the exact amount of water you should consume every day, as a guide you should consider the following.
As a bare minimum, you should drink at least the weight of the brain every 24 hours, which equates to approximately 2 litres of water. This will help you to maintain healthy all round body function and to reduce your risk of mental fog, headaches and fatigue.
More optimally, particularly if you're suffering from poor health conditions or if your body is subjected to heavy perspiration through work or exercise, studies suggest that you should aim for 1 litre per 22 kilos of your body weight. Therefore, somebody who weighs 60 kilograms (or 132 pounds) should drink 2 1/2 - 3 litres of pure water per day.
The Main Take Away
Water is one a vital source of life, energy and health. For this reason, drinking enough water each day is crucial to prevent your body from breaking down and for avoiding a variety of chronic diseases and health conditions.
Start your day with at least 500ml to 1 litre of water to get a jump start on your daily allotment and take water with you wherever you go and sip it throughout the day.
Another helpful tip is to drink 1-2 glasses of water 15-30 minutes before each meal that you eat.
Buy following these steps you'll be sure to replenish your body and brain with the water that it needs and you'll go a long way to staying healthy, energetic and avoiding a host of serious and yet preventable diseases.
Tolman Self Care.