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To this day, the medical establishment sees water as little else, when in fact water serves to energize every cell and organ in the body. It is crucial to every bodily operation and when we become dehydrated, the body instinctively begins to ration water to each organ. The brain, being the most important organ, gets the most water. The skin, being the least important, is rationed the least amount of water. Chronically dry skin and/or dandruff are signs of advanced bodily dehydration, as are asthma and hyperventilation. It is the law of vital adaptation at work; that the body will do what it has to do to survive, which in this case means the most important organs get served first. If the body didn’t do that we would suffer the ill effects of dehydration much more rapidly.

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population.)

  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.

  • 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.

  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

  • A mere 2% 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 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and reduces bladder cancer by 50%. Drinking refreshing, and clean water plays a major role in reducing the risk of certain diseases.

Water suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake causes fat deposits to increase; therefore, increasing water input reduces fat. Why because, the kidneys need water to function properly. Without sufficient water for the kidneys, the kidneys cannot work adequately and so this affects some of the water going to the liver. One of the primary functions of the liver is metabolize fat into energy for the body. If the liver needs to do some of the work of the kidneys, the liver cannot work as it should to metabolize fat and so more fat is stored in the body increasing weight and not using the fat as energy.

A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active. If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water.

When you are travelling on an aeroplane, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane. If you live in an arid climate, you should add another two servings per day. As you can see, your daily need for water can add up to quite a lot. Twenty percent of your water need will come from the food you eat. The rest of your water need should come from the beverages you drink.