Water, the most overlooked nutrient for healthy living.
Water is the main constituent of cells, tissues & organs; it is an essential and the most important nutrient to life. Humans can survive without food for weeks, yet only days without water. Water intake has various effects on energy performance, cognitive health, aging, weight and the prevention of disease and degenerative disorders.
Water & its role:
Water accounts for approximately 60-70% of total body weight and its intake depends largely on water balance regulation and its daily function mechanisms.
Water is the medium needed for all reactions; it makes many solutes available for cell function. It helps the ability of organs to process waste & toxins by flushing them out. And is the essential process of the digestion, absorption and excretion of nutrients, amongst other various functions in the body.
Water & Brain Function:
Water plays a major part in brain function and cognitive performance. Even mild low water intake can impair cognitive functioning and disrupt mood, such as concentration, memory, alertness and behavior.
Without the correct electrolyte balance, pH- balance and fluid concentration, nutrients cannot be carried correctly into the cell for normal function. This robs the brain and body of various nutrients causing adverse side effects
Signs of low water intake
- Fatigue/shakiness/poor reflexes
- Increased appearance of wrinkles
- Poor reflexes
- Low mood/Anxiety/Depression
- Dry skin
If you are not a water drinker, your body needs to adapt to increased intake. At first you will notice you will be going to the toilet more frequently but this soon will pass once your body adapts.
Drink water from a filter when possible
Add some fresh lemon (this makes it alkalizing)
Drink between meals and never with a meal (drinking liquids during a meal can dilute digestives juices and disrupt proper digestion)
Try drinking other hydrating beverages such as herbal teas, and fresh vegetable juices
If you find you are still frequently going to the toilet, try adding good quality sea salt to a glass (sodium is needed for the absorption of water inside the cells)