Water

Some adventurers have gone in vain searches for the legendary Fountain of Youth, as if it was some mystical source of restoring and preserving one’s youth.  Fools!  They’d be slapping their heads to learn that the magical supply of the fountain was as close as their own faucet or well….WATER!

There is no more vital contributor to your health and wellness than water.

We did some research and wanted to share some information with you that may encourage you in your intake of water.

The human body is 99% water as a fetus, 80% water as an infant, 65% water as an adult, and 50% water as an elderly person.  

Do you see a trend here?  As we age, we lose water content at the cell level.  This results in cell shrinkage, wrinkling and premature aging.

What can you do to stave off aging and wrinkles?  Drink generous supplies of water to ensure your body is as hydrated and full as can be.

The human body can survive 8 WEEKS without food.  Depending on the environmental temperature, a person can live only 10 to as little as 2 DAYS in extreme temperature without water.  

Life is water dependent.

Too often our society pushes alcohol, soda pop and other commercialized beverages on us. Alcohol has dehydrating effects on the human body.  It also is harmful to the liver and function of other organs including killing irreplaceable brain cells.  Soda has high levels of sugar or corn syrup that are not good for one’s health.  It can contribute to diabetes and unhealthy fat buildup and obesity. An occasional alcoholic drink or soda pop are not be terribly damaging.  But if you drink more alcohol or soda than water, you’re not doing your health good. 

It is recommend by many sources that an adult person drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day. This is about 2 liters of water. How many of us ever do?

The supply of water you drink is important.  Choose the cleanest supply of water you can.   We prefer purified bottled water.  Spring water may be even better for you as it has needed minerals and a healthier pH balance, but can have an earthy smell and taste which may be unpleasant. Water from a faucet or fountain is less preferable unless you can have confidence in the water source and pipes that deliver the water.  Some communities have water supplies that are contaminated with chemicals or lead.   A filtration system can help to improve such supplies, but drinking large quantities of it can also increase the intake of those chemicals and do long term harm to your health. Doing some research on the water you’ll be drinking will be time wisely spent.

Starting your day drinking a full glass of water is beneficial to your body breaking a long fast from it.  It helps flush out toxins, reinflate internal organs and supply skin with natural moisturizing effects.  

Drinking a glass of water before meals can give you a fuller feeling which can help you feel satiated by less food, thus helping in weight maintainance or loss.  

Drinking water before and during exercise can help muscles function, joints stay lubricated,  keep your body from overheating, flush out toxins during perspiration and aid necessary respiration function.

Drinking a glass of water before bed or during the night can also be beneficial.  It can give you a fuller feeling without making you feel like you need to eat to satisfy a hunger.  It helps your body heal overnight.   Though some people may not like drinking water before bed as they don’t like getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the health benefits of doing so can far outweigh the inconvenience.

Chronic dehydration can adversely affect your organs and lead to kidney stones, cholesterol problems, constipation, gout, arthritis and liver, joint, and muscle damage.  It can also lead to premature hair loss or graying!

Water is 0 (ZERO) calories!  So drink as much as you reasonable can with no adverse effects!

And water is often free or very low cost compared to other beverages and fluids. Drinking water instead of other beverages can save you money!

Have a hard time drinking just plain water?  Flavor it up with a splash of lemon, lime or small amounts of fruit juices.  Cranberry juice, lemonade, or cucumber can give water a little flavor and keep it tasting fresh.

Drink water.

Be healthier.  Look younger.  Feel better. 

Make a habit of it for long-term life.

These are just some of the benefits of drinking lots of water.  A health regimen can have no greater friend than water.

Make a commitment today to replace your intake of other fluids with simple, pure, ample supplies of water.  

You’ll be glad for years to come that you did.

Water IS life. Live it up!

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About Ed Novick

Ed was born in Chicago, IL, USA with good health to two terrific parents, and raised in a family of faith in God and Jesus Christ in the south suburb of Midlothian, IL. He has a younger brother who is a great guy and was always a good friend (he is now a Roman Catholic priest). He attended private schools and was active in his community. He went to college at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL and graduated with an MBA. He has good friends and a loving extended family. He is married and has three children and lives in Midlothian, IL. Ed works in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry and currently markets business and personal Property & Casualty insurance. He's currently proudly serving as President of the Lewis University National Alumni Association. He doesn't take his blessings lightly and vigilantly does the best he can with the gifts and talents the good Lord blessed him with. Ed's interests include: Property & Casualty Insurance; Leadership: Web Development; Communications; Graphic Design; Personal Development; Networking; Mentoring; Coaching; Sports; Physical Fitness; Touch Football; Over-30 Baseball; Weightlifting; Fantasy Football; Lewis University National Alumni Association; Poetry; Music. For more info: LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ednovick Blog: http://betterlivinged.wordpress.com/
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