Water: The Juice of Life and Health! Why?

Glass Water close 233 by 350 px MP900422193 - CopyHave you ever wondered why you feel out of sorts at times? 

You are telling the grandkids a story about your life, but suddenly you cannot remember the name of a town, or even the name of a relative.

You may have to ask (or look up) more than once what time your grandchild’s basketball game starts. (As Grandma-in-Residence, it drives my grandkids’ parents crazy – LOL!)

Suddenly the kids get on your nerves; you lose patience, you can’t concentrate, and you get irritated more easily than usual.

And, have you also noticed that suddenly your grandchildren become cranky, irritable, and hard to handle?

Your first thought is most likely that the kids are hungry – which may be so. Or, you think that your age is catching up with you, which may not be so.

Scientific evidence may surprise you. Before I go further, here is a little quiz and a great way to catch the attention of your grandchildren:  

What do you think our body needs most importantly to stay healthy, alert and sharp?

a.    Healthy nutrition
b.    Adequate sleep
c.    Water
d.    Regular exercise and/or staying active
e.    All of the above

Answer: While every item is important, WATER is number ONE.

Water: Our Main Body Component

⦁    Water makes up about 60% of our body weight.
⦁    We can go without food for a long time, but not without water at any age, whether we are healthy or sick.
⦁    The healthiest nutrition, the best exercise, and stimulating activities are only beneficial if we maintain enough water in our bodies!

Water:

⦁    Carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells throughout the body
⦁    Flushes out toxins from the vital organs (e.g., liver, kidney)
⦁    Keeps the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat moist to protect them, help digestion, and ward off bacteria and foreign particles
⦁    Helps maintain our body temperature
⦁    Prevents constipation
⦁    Lubricates our joints to prevent them from rubbing against each other and becoming inflamed, which leads to joint pain and stiffness

Water is vital to:
⦁    maintain mental performance in every aspect of our life.
⦁    stay alert, move about and focus.
⦁    carry out tasks.
⦁    growth and development of children in a healthy ways.

Note: Unlike other systems in our body, our brain cannot store water, nutrients, and oxygen. It depends on a constant replenishment. That is why we need to pay special attention to drinking water throughout the day.

Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration, however mild it may be. It  drains our energy. We cannot focus and we feel tired. If we ignore these signs, a whole chain reaction of unhealthy symptoms develops.

So, the next time you feel like your mood has changed, you are not your normal, upbeat self, you have trouble concentrating, you have a slight headache, you are a bit anxious or depressed, the kids are getting on your nerves, or you notice that your grandchildren cannot focus on their homework, ask yourself this first: Did I (or my grandchildren) drink enough water today?

How much water should we drink every day?

We hear that we should drink six to eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day; but, let’s keep in mind that each person’s needs vary. We differ in size, age, gender, activity level, energy use, where we live, the state of our health, and what we eat. (Fruits and vegetables vary in water content.)

Rule #1:  If your health is somewhat compromised, if you are on medications, if your lifestyle is irregular or out of a normal range, or if you are unsure how much water per day is right for you, check with your Primary Health Care Provider or with a Certified Dietician!

The Mayo Clinic  offers a detailed assessment and guidelinesglass of water

For general guidelines, let’s keep it simple and practical:

1.    Do not wait to be thirsty; when you feel thirsty, you are already mildly dehydrated.

2.    Start your morning with a clear glass of water. Some like it warm. If you dondrated. water, add a bit lemon or an ounce of non-sweetened fruit juice, just to enhance the taste. Or try light tea (caffeine-free). You get the idea.

3.    Get into a routine of drinking a glass of water in the early morning, mid-morning, for lunch, mid-afternoon, and for dinner. Drink this water in addition to your other liquids, e.g. coffee (which, by the way, dehydrates that’s why the extra water), juice, etc.

4.    Or, set your own routine to automatically to replenish your water. You understand now why it is so beneficial: it replenishes the brain continuously and prevents “brain drain.”

5.    Another way to remember is this: Whatever liquid you leave in the bathroom must be replaced in your body.

6.    If the color of your urine is darker than pale yellow straw, your body needs water.

Sure, all liquids contain water; so do fruits and vegetables, in varying degrees. They add to our total water consumption, but we must add neutral liquids in order to flush and to cleanse our systems.

Get yourself and your grandkids hooked on WATER!

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