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Water and the Body: Sharing Some More Fun Facts

drinking_the_hard_wayI recently did a write up of a collection of fun facts that arrived in my email inbox during 2011.  Lots of folks came by to read, commented and shared how much they enjoyed the list.  I thought I would explore this kind of fun once again.

As lots of areas in the United States are suffering from drought in 2012, we should not include our bodies in this dehydration – so here goes with a collection of fun facts.

One of the first signs that the body is dehydrated is a headache.  Headaches are also a sign that you have consumed too much water.  A dry or parched mouth is a good sign for needing a drink; many people have trained themselves to ignore this indicator.

Most medications need a full glass of water (8 oz.) to accompany ingestion for them to work properly and not cause stomach lining irritation and damage (acetaminophen box under directions).

Coffee , Tea and Juices do not replace the need for water; they may increase the need.

Every Body has a minimum level of water need in order to flush toxins from the system; usual recommendation is 8 – 8 oz. glasses of water for adults and 6 – 8 oz. glasses of water for kids per day. Water composes 72% of the brain, 83% of blood, 22% of bones, and 75% of muscle. Water regulates the body’s temperature, removes waste, cushions joints and vital organs, converts food into energy, maintains oxygen for breathing, and carries nutrients to our cells.

When you get a “Charlie Horse” which wakes you up at night, it is your leg muscles seeking hydration so water at bedtime is helpful (also a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can quickly relieve leg cramps).  For people who suffer GOUT water at bedtime is also pain relieving.

Drinking water at certain times of the day maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

  • 2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
  • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath helps to lower blood pressure
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack ~(from chart in my doctor’s office)

Rinsing the nose and sinuses with a Neti Pot and saline solution or saline rinse bottle can relieve an allergy attack without medication (Dr. OZ) Just plain water can do the job too. We do this at our house – truly cuts down on the nose blowing and snoring.

Can you ever get too much water in your system?

A young woman died recently after a water drinking contest, to know more here is an article by Dr. Ben Kim.

  1. Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system (your circulatory system), needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels.
  2. Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your circulatory system. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli can get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage.

Why do so many of us get up all night to urinate?

Cardiologist = Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (the legs swell).  When you lie down, the lower body seeks level with the kidneys and it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier.

How many plastic water bottles are thrown away each day?

60 million per day in the United States and about 22 billion each year (read more).

Do you like collecting fun facts and sharing them with others?  Do you have good habits when it comes to water drinking?

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16 Responses to “Water and the Body: Sharing Some More Fun Facts”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “Coffee , Tea and Juices do not replace the need for water; they may increase the need.”

    yes, Yes, YES. Sing it again, siSTAR!

    Ingesting water is quite possibly the number one mantra I repeat to my clients.
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    Patricia Reply:

    I see so many baby bottles filled with juices and pop these days…It gives me something more to worry about so many of these new folks are earth are not so healthy…and all the sports drinks at the games and matches….where is the good old water?
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  2. rob white Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    This was certainly a new kind of article for you and I enjoyed it tremendously! The benefits of “good ole’ water are endless. I even use a water Ionizer on occasion. I find it provides a nice anti-oxidant boost. Thanks for sharing this info.

    Patricia Reply:

    rob white,
    We have a water ionizer air filter in my allergy prone child’s room…it makes quite a difference and keeps the mould from growing by keeping the air moving.

    in 2011, I choose to drink only water…this year I have added a bit of coconut water/milk to my diet…and coconut oil for my skin…

    I have stunning skin because of my well watered environment and all the water I drink…

    Glad you liked the post.

  3. suzen Says:

    Excellent post! Obviously I like sharing info too. Glad you got into coconut water – and the oil is heavenly for your skin.

    Patricia Reply:

    Oh Suzen – the coconut water, oil, and milk are all your fault and wow do they work.

    I think I will leave this post up to share with my Thursday/weekend readers also…

    Stitches out tomorrow – yay! I am at the total itch stage – hmm wonder how coconut oil would work……is it on Suzen’s list of 160 things?

  4. Sara Says:

    As a person who gets kidney stones, I’m very aware of the need for lots of water. However, I enjoyed this list anyway. There were so many things I didn’t know about water.

    I did realize you could get too much water or why I have to pee so much at night. Good to know and I appreciate this post very much.

    Get lots of water and keep cool this summer:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    I too get kidney stones – so I learned about water early in my life.
    Yes, it is so good for keeping cool.

    Glad you liked the post…

  5. Kimbundance Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I love drinking water it is so refreshing. When ever I drink it I feel so cleansed. Wonderful thoughts on this post!

    Patricia Reply:

    I even had fun researching this post and I learned several new things myself. – all started from a poster on the Dr’s office wall!
    Have been over to check out your site…thank you for your comment….I will be back to your spot soon

  6. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia, that is useful information to know about juice not being an adequate replacement for water, because I drink a lot of juice — I imagine that is because the juice can act as a diuretic and cause the water to be flushed out of your system? In any event, I’m definitely going to drink more water.
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    Patricia Reply:

    water is good…it is just about the only thing I drink now
    I do drink some herbal teas in the winter…and some lemon water hot or cold.

    It is the sugar in the fruit juice that is part of the problem – it must be digested and then cleaned from the system. One needs water to do both of those things…it sure is yummy though

    Juice is also missing the fiber of the whole.

  7. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I saw this post – and even now need to come back anon – when I can take the info in properly … one or two of the ideas sparked some interest in me!!

    Cheers – water is good isn’t it … Hilary

    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Hilary,
    Yes Water IS Good! Glad you enjoyed the write up …
    I think water is good even when it is rain on the Olympics!

    Hope you are doing well…have been thinking about you lots and lots :)
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  8. Davina Haisell Says:

    Hi Patricia.

    I really enjoyed reading this list. I’m happy to see that I am drinking those two glasses of water in the morning. And I am halfway through a glass right now — dinner will be ready in 20 :)

    I was not aware of the benefits of drinking water before bed and especially before a bath. That was very interesting to make note of. Thanks for sharing.

    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Davina,
    sorry so slow to reply – I am just now back sitting in a chair, but i can not lean back too well.

    I have found over the years water and sleep are huge healing tools…

    I really go into researching and writing this post too – and I think it turned out fun…all from a poster at the Doctor’s office…Who would have thunk that!
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