7 Compelling Reasons To Drink Water
Do you drink water regularly and consistently? Drinking water is one of the easiest creative stress management tips I know. Here are seven compelling reasons why. I hope that after reading this article you will be encouraged every time you drink water and it will support you in making it a daily ritual and a gift to yourself. For practical action steps to help you to transform your water-drinking habits and drink water more efficiently take a look at my Top Tips: Drinking Water To Transform Your Health.
“Water is a readily available natural medicine
for some prevalent and very serious medical conditions
that are known to kill many thousands of people every year…
…In my professional and scientific view, dehydration is the biggest killer,
more than any other condition you could imagine.”
F Batmanghelidj MD
Reasons To Drink Water
Reason No 1: 90% of us are chronically dehydrated
It is estimated that 90% of us are dehydrated! Sixty percent of the population drink just one to four glasses of water a day – not enough to replace the amount lost from sweat! For many people this is not enough to prevent illness.
Reason No 2: Your thirst indicators are unreliable
Our thirst indicators are poor indicators of hydration. So much so that by the time we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated. Therefore, we cannot rely on our thirst indicators to tell us when we need to drink water. This is why it is important to be pro-active if you want to develop good water-drinking habits. Remember, it only takes a 2% drop in hydration to slow down mental recall. So, based on the number of us who are dehydrated, you can imagine the impact that dehydration is having on overall performance and productivity, especially in the workplace.
Reason No 3: You can easily confuse thirst with hunger
Did you know that we often confuse thirst with hunger? About 75% of hunger pangs are signs of thirst and will abate with water. This is really important to know if you are wanting to lose weight and re-educate your eating habits. Next time you feel hungry, try taking a glass of water first and waiting about 20 minutes. You can also use this strategically to curb your appetite when you are going to eat, by drinking a glass of water about 30 minutes before you eat.
Reason No 4: Your body is made up of water
We hear this one so often, but I’m not sure we have really understood the implications. About 65% of our weight is water. As adults our brains, stomach and intestines are 75% water, our blood is 92%, our muscles are 75%, our heart and lungs 79% and even our bones and skeleton 22% water. Why might this be useful? Well, if a part of our body is not working well or is having problems it makes sense to address the hydration issue and consider the other pillars of health not just rely on medication.
Reason No 5: Good hydration reduces your risk of cancer
One study showed that women who drink more than five glasses of water a day were able to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 79% and colon cancer by 45%, compared to those drinking two or less glasses of water.
Reason No 6: Your whole body-mind energy system thrives on water
All bodily functions, such as metabolism, depend on bio-electric processes which in turn require water. The brain uses ‘hydroelectric’ energy created by the flow of water through cell membranes. When the body is dehydrated, the brain produces less energy, which can lead to fatigue and exhaustion and as a result many delicate functions in the body begin to shut down.
Reason No 7: Hydration is a cheap and easy to implement preventative approach – the future in sustainable health-care
“Understanding chronic dehydration will clear the way for the development of an infinitely more people-friendly health-care system. It will be possible in my estimation to have a decidedly healthier and productive nation at 30 per cent of the present health-care costs.” F. Batmanghelidj MD, author of Your Body’s Many Cries For Water.
The amazing research by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj MD showed that by correcting dehydration he was able to treat and cure many conditions including asthma, back pain, arthritis etc just by getting his patients to drink more water.
While in prison as a political prisoner in Iran, Dr Batmanghelidj treated over 3,000 people for stress-induced peptic ulcers using water and (proper) salt (not table salt). He later went on to have similar healings with a variety of other ‘illness’ such as asthma, cancer, depression, arthritis and heart disease. This has been documented in various books on water therapy that he and others have written. More about this in later posts.