Your body is comprised of eighty percent water:
- Brain 75%
- Kidneys 83%
- Heart 75%
- Muscle 75%
- Lungs 86%
- Blood 83%
- Liver 86%
Water plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function:
- Circulatory system
- Assimilation system
- Digestive system
- Elimination system
- Temperature control
"Researchers from Boston University’s School of Public Health, point out that we absorb up to six times more volatile chemicals through our lungs and skin while bathing, than from drinking water." - Health World Newsletter
Purposes of Water in the Body
- Transportation of nutrients
- Cellular fluid
- Extracellular fluid
- Blood plasma
- Elimination of waste from the body
- Temperature regulation
- Gland and organ secretion
- Required for every metabolic process in the body
Factors that Increase our Need for Water
- Processed foods
- "Fractured" or incomplete foods
- Overcooked foods
- Non-food additives
- Drugs and medications
- Skipping meals
- Excessive sweating
- Toxic drinks (e.g. sodas, coffee, alcohol)
Results of Insufficient Water
The Importance of Water to Human Health
- 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism by as much as three percent.
- One glass of water deters hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a University of Washington study.
- The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.
- A mere two percent 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.
- Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and bladder cancer by 50%.
- It is difficult for the body to get water from any other source than water itself. Soft drinks and alcohol steal tremendous amounts of water from the body. However, even other beverages such as coffee, milk and juice require water from the body to be properly digested.
- Consistent failure to drink enough water can lead to Chronic Cellular Dehydration. This condition, where the body’s cells are never quite hydrated enough, leave them in a weakened state, vulnerable to attack from disease. It weakens the body’s overall immune system and leads to chemical, nutritional and pH imbalances that can cause a host of diseases.
Source: The Plan B Diet™ by Greg Westbrook