Plain water the source of “Life”
Adequate water intake is very important for both children and adults. Most of our body consists of water, making it a crucial substance that enables all the cells, the organs, and the tissues to work properly. This includes the brain.
We lose water all the time through urination, every time we exhale and through the skin. It is important for your physical and emotional wellbeing that we replenish it and avoid dehydration, especially in a hot climate like in Thailand.
Infants should consume 1.5 ounces of water per pound of body weight. Children 4 -7 years about 1lt per day. Children 7 – 10 years old about 1.5 lt, 10 years plus, up to 2 lt, or 8-10 large glasses a day.
Let’s look at some benefits of drinking enough water:
Drinking Water Keeps You Young
Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll suffer from dry skin, and you’ll be likely to use more creams and lotions to moisturize. However, creams and lotions don’t strike at the root of the problem. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you don’t drink enough water, your body will try to retain it in order to conserve resources. This retention makes your skin puffy and can even lead to bloating.
Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
There’s a reason why most diets and fitness programs ask you to drink a lot of water. One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps you lose weight.
Water suppresses your appetite, so you don’t eat as much. Drinking plenty of water also prevents fluid retention, because your body won’t try to retain water if it’s getting enough.
Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat. If you’re not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body. When you drink plenty of water, your kidneys don’t need any extra help, so your liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and prevents constipation.
Drinking Water Helps You Build Muscle
Another benefit of drinking water is that it makes your muscles stronger. That’s because water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles. Drinking plenty of water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, and this can help you build muscle.
Drinking Water Makes You Smarter
Drinking water can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Drinking eight to ten cups of water per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!
Drinking plenty of water also supports nerve function. It ensures that your body’s electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to and from the brain in the way they were meant to.
Drinking Water Is Good for Your Joints
One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated. Your joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible, so that your movements are smooth and pain free.
Water and Dehydration
Water regulates and controls the natural pH balance of the body, is revitalizing, hydrating, oxygenating and detoxifying it.
Symptoms of dehydration:
- Increased thirst or hunger
- Dry mouth and swollen tongue
- Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
- Sluggishness fainting
- Inability to sweat
- Decreased urine output/ urine is dark yellow, brown
People living or working in hot climates or taking part in sports or other strenuous physical activities, spend 8 or more hours in air conditioned rooms, or who are recovering from illness, should increase their fluid intake to at least 10 to 12 glasses.
A high coffee, fruit juice or soft drink consumption, as well as a diet high in sodium and sugar, can lead to dehydration.
Coaching parents and working with children for many years, many cases of hyperactivity, lack of concentration and focus, headaches, migraines as well as other chronic pains could be prevented and reduced, if children and adults would drink enough plain water and avoid dehydration.
My health and wellness recommendations are always based on international medical research or international accredited guidelines. But they may not apply to everyone, depending on their individual health status, age, sex, gender, genetic, tradition and religion. Nutrition is never an exact Science, because no human being is the same as the other.
Judith Coulson is a Medical Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach, specialised in drug free disease prevention and health promotion, for individuals and executive teams. Contact Judith@lifestylefoodclinic.com for an individual Food and Lifestyle Analysis and Consulting.