Water and the Body: Sharing Some More Fun Facts
I 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.
- 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.
- 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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