The Importance of Water

The Importance of Water

A relatively healthy person can survive for weeks without food – but take away water and you’re only looking at a couple of days. Consuming other liquids can help extend that but water is second only to oxygen as critical for human survival.

While few of us will ever find ourselves in a situation as grave as having no access to food or water, most Americans still put long-term health at risk by not understanding the importance of water.

All Living Organisms are Mostly Water

The majority of all organic matter is water.   The majority of the food that we consume is made of water. Veggies and fruits are approximately 90% water, and fish and meat are comprised of about 70% water. I don’t know how many times my eyes have rolled in my head when someone insisted that they were getting enough water because the fruits and vegetables that they eat have water in them.   The sad thing is that many of those people said their doctor had told them they were getting plenty of water if they were eating fruits and vegetables.

I disagree.

Consuming something that has water in it OR mixing something in water is not the same as drinking water.  When you add something to water it is no longer water, it is a solution.  If eating fruits and vegetables  provided enough water for your body to survive then who would worry about dying on a deserted island that had plenty of fruits to eat?

Here are some basic facts about water and our bodies:

  • human blood is 90% water
  • the human body is 60 – 70% water
  • muscle tissue is 75% water
  • the average human brain is 77 – 78% water
  • 60% of the body’s water can be found inside cells; 40% can be found outside cells

Water serves many purposes.  It helps flush toxins and waste from our bodies.  Good water provides a source of minerals that are necessary for proper function of our organs and the body’s unique “electrical system.”  Water hydrates and helps maintain the health of our cells.  Quality water is also a source of oxygen needed for our blood and brain.

Depression, headaches, digestive problems, dry or itchy skin, fatigue, irritability are all things that many people just accept as part of life or part of growing older or as some environmental or genetic “thing” over which they have no control.  What they don’t realize is that ALL  of these are symptoms of dehydration.

Dehydration is commonly thought of as something that affects athletes or people who have worked too hard or too long in a hostile environment resulting in someone passing out or needing medical attention.  While those people are most at risk for dehydration, the fact is those are only the extremes.  People also think that knocking back a soda or sports drink to “quench their thirst” is also preventing dehydration.  The fact is, all of the “stuff” that is found in sodas actually cause the body to need MORE water.  While sports drinks contain electrolytes – minerals – to maintain the body’s ability to perform a task, what they lack is the “flush” mechanism that water provides.

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight you know that food is not just about satisfying hunger.  It’s about eating foods that provide the nourishment you need at appropriate calorie levels.  If you’ve been on a longer-term weight loss program you also learned that there are foods you can eat that not only satisfy hunger and provide nourishment, but also support the body’s efforts to lose weight.  Water/liquids are the same.  Consuming liquids is not just about quenching thirst.  It’s about providing the body with what it needs to function properly.

Good quality water will hydrate and provide minerals.  Alkaline ionized water does even more.  The reduced water cluster size and hexagonal structure allow the body’s cells to absorb more of the water.  The negative charge of alkaline ionized water also works as an antioxidant which scavenges free radicals that cause cell damage.