10 Science-Backed Benefits of Staying Hydrated with High Quality Water

Did you know that your body is 75% water?  

When we teach the kids our Water Ambassador lessons as part of our school program, we tell them this, and go on to tell them they aren't 75% juice, or 75% milk, only 75% water!  Maybe for adults, the equivalent is tea/coffee and wine/beer for the drinkers!  So it makes sense that the liquid we drink the most is water.  And water in our tea, coffee and fruit juice unfortunately doesn't count - only straight water!  So why is replacing this water so important?

Here is a quick summary of 10 reasons why drinking good water daily is so important!

  1. Water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water. Losing even 1.5% of your water levels can lead to the often harmful effects of dehydration, including dizziness, nausea and fatigue, ranging in severity to more detrimental illnesses, like heatstroke, heart injury, and kidney failure.
  2. Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
  3. Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration. If you are an athlete in training, dehydration can cause a disruptive effect on muscle metabolism and prolonged impacts on performance. Remaining adequately hydrated can help better promote exercise endurance and delay time to exhaustion.
  4. Drinking adequate amounts of water has also been noted in various studies to aid in decreasing the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer. In a study investigating the association between drinking water habits and the occurrence of breast cancer in women, it was concluded that while there are obviously other influencing factors, such as food consumed, smoking status, and age, women in the controlled group with breast cancer present did consume less water than those with not, sparking the researchers to call for more analysis to be performed in the future on the subject. Beyond cancer, studies have also been conducted in the effect of poor hydration in the foetal state having a potential correlation to chronic disease later in life.
  5. For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain. When properly hydrated, our bodies can provide the adequate lubricant and cushioning needed for our joints and spinal cord to operate as designed. Failing to maintain proper hydration can cause undue stress on these areas, leading to varied amounts of pain and discomfort.
  6. Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease. This is in a variety of ways, such as passing through urination or in greater bowel movements, or even simply through perspiration (sweat).
  7. Water can prevent and alleviate headaches as the adequate supply of fluids promotes proper function and minimises strain to perform daily and involuntary tasks.
  8. Water naturally moisturises skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance. This is through the water creating a natural pressure within the cells, not only helping to power its functions, but also aiding in maintaining the healthy shape.
  9. Water aids in the digestion process and helps prevent constipation. Fluid is needed to help food consumed follow the necessary digestive pathway, such as through the intestines and colon. Inadequate amounts water can interrupt this process, leading to extended periods of discomfort and even associated illness.
  10. Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation. Whether you are at rest, active with exercise, or in a period of recovery, water aids in regulating blood pressure for better distribution of oxygen and essential elements for the body.

I highly recommend the classic book, already well known by many Health Professionals, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water – You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty” by F. Batmanghelidj M.D.  - a great addition to your wellness library. 

The author shares we may misdiagnose or even ignore common symptoms that may in fact be the result of a chronically dehydrated state. Batmanghelidj believes, the causative factor behind many basic ailments could be relieved quickly and efficiently when we recognise it is not only the filtration of water that is essential, but also the inclusion of natural alkaline mineral salts; just as Mother Nature intended, assisting with preventative and restorative health and wellness.

As a Natural Health Practitioner, I always offer my client a glass of zazen Alkaline Mineral Water to experience, and always received positive feedback of the beautiful taste.

I believe it is important to educate not only on food nutrition, but equally the importance of consuming quality drinking water.  Thankfully, we now have a wider recognition of the importance of the gut microbiome in relation to overall health and well-being.

Chlorination of our municipal source water is a process of disinfection against the real threats of water borne bacteria; however consuming chlorinated water may also directly impact our all-important gut bacteria/microbiome, responsible a healthy immune system. 

zazen 10 stage filtration process effectively filters out dangerous water borne bacteria, then chlorine having done its job enroute chlorine is also filtered from your drinking water. So many zazen customers create their own fermentations such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir. It makes perfect sense when spending good money on quality and often organic products for in home cooking/ferments/smoothies you should consider the quality of the water you introduce into your body at all levels

Last but not least, I offer my personal experience prior to discovering zazen Alkaline Mineral Water. I suffered a chronic problem of dry cracked heels for years. To my surprise, within two weeks of drinking zazen Water, I experienced a notable improvement, and within six weeks the cracks had resolved completely. My body was no longer in drought management, the outcome was true cellular hydration.

I was now not only filtering my drinking water of chlorine and other toxins, but also nourishing my body with water rich in alkaline minerals and electrolytes, achieved through the 10-stage zazen Water process, emulating Mother Nature’s water cycle.

 

Click on the image to read an 11 page transcript of a lecture Dr Batmanghelidj presented at “The Governmental Health Forum” in Washington D.C., USA, in 2003.

 

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