The Importance of Water

The Importance of Water…

The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size. A rule of thumb, 2/3 of body is consists of water, and it is the main component of human body. Did you know that your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water? Here is the %:

  • Muscle consists of 75% water
  • Brain consists of 90% of water
  • Bone consists of 22% of water
  • Blood consists of 83% water

The functions of water in human body are vital. The water:

  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
  • Moisturizes the air in lungs
  • Helps with metabolism
  • Protects our vital organ
  • Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Detoxifies
  • Protects and moisturizes our joints

Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. Take for example, brain consists of 90% of water, if you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you will get headache or migraine. Hence, next time, if you feel fatigue and headache, it may be the sign of dehydration.

Harmful Effects and Symptoms of Dehydration

The Harmful Effects Result from Dehydration:

  • Tiredness
  • Migraine
  • Constipation
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irregular blood pressure
  • Kidney problems
  • Dry skin
  • 20% dehydrated – Risk of death

Symptoms of Dehydration:

Here are some of the symptoms that you need more water:

  • Dark Urine – Dark Yellow or Orange in Color:

Urine is generally pale yellow to clear when you have sufficient water intake. Dark color or strong smell indicates that you need to drink more water.

  • Dry Skin:

Skin is the largest body organ and requires its share of water.

  • Thirst:

Thirst is the most obvious sign that you’re already dehydrated. It is always a good practice to drink more water when your are not thirsty, don’t wait until you’re thirsty.

  • Hunger:

Most people mistake hunger for the indication to eat more, whereas in actual fact, they may be dehydrated. So before you have your meal, grab a glass of water.

  • Fatigue:

Water is a source of energy and gives you a boost in energy.

How much water should you drink a day to avoid dehydration? A common approach is drinking glasses of water a day, is it sufficient?

Top 11 Health Benefits of Drinking Water

You will be amazed of the benefits of drinking water as follows:

  1. Lose weight:

Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories.

 

  1. Natural Remedy for Headache:

Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.

 

  1. Look Younger with Healthier Skin: 

You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity.

 

  1. Better Productivity at Work: 

Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.

 

  1. Better Exercise:

Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.

 

  1. Helps in Digestion and Constipation:

Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.

 

  1. Less Cramps and Sprains:

Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.

 

  1. Less Likely to Get Sick and Feel Healthy:

Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water adds with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. In another words one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve your immune system.

 

  1. Relieves Fatigue:

Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.

 

  1. Good Mood:

Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.

 

  1. Reduce the Risk of Cancer:

Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.

Can you see the importance of water to your body after understanding the above benefits of drinking water?

Language – Watch What you Say to Yourself

LANGUAGE

Some may say that if you talk to yourself it may be a sign of madness! But what if I was to tell you that the language that you use is SO important that it can be detrimental to your health and crucial to happiness?

Language is such an important part of our lives, and I am not talking about foreign languages here, I am talking about the language we speak to ourselves.  The language you use to yourself influences everything you do, from changing negative or self-sabotaging behaviours to reinforcing them.

When we engage in negative self-talk, it impacts our thinking, and these negative thoughts create feelings of anger, irritation, frustration, hopelessness and disappointment.

I wonder how many times a day you are reinforcing beliefs and behaviours that you are otherwise trying to change or eradicate?

So I have a little exercise for you to do, let’s see where your self-talk is at!

Sit down quietly, write down the behaviour or belief you want to change.  Then make two columns. In the first column you will list what language you are using currently – i.e.,  I can’t do it, I don’t have enough training, who am I to think I can have that?  In the second column list the affirmative and opposite of this result language, i.e.,  I am enough, I can have anything I want, I am worthy, I can learn anything I desire.  Etc.

 

You get the picture.  Then repeat these affirmative language phrases daily, if you catch yourself slipping back to old negative thinking, quickly re-affirm with your affirmative language. We all know that to train a dog, you need to do some repetitive training and use affirmative language so that the dog knows it has pleased you.  Well, you need to use the same tactics with yourself.

 

 

According to a study done back in 2012 at the University of Lethbridge positive self-talk can have some startling results. The aim of this study was to teach grade one students how to rethink their negative self-talk and turn it into positive self-talk. The students engaged in a year-long series of lessons about self-talk and learned how to identify specific negative and positive words and affirmations. This study revealed that the new strategies learned impacted the students’ abilities to rethink negative statements to positive statements successfully and to consider the value of doing so in their lives. (https://www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/3202?show=full)

 

You change the way you think with processes and exercises like the one above. You may have been taught and conditioned to think a certain way, but the good news is the brain is “plastic”.

We now have science confirming that the brain is malleable and able to be changed, moulded if you like, into a happier version of you. The real and authentic you, unencumbered by conditioning or negativity. It is fascinating stuff; it’s the kind that makes me love what I do!  The lightning bolt moment when someone realises what drives them, what blocks them and how it can be released and transformed positively is beyond words.

 

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