We are constantly urged by doctors and nutritionists to drink enough water on a daily basis, but most people do not realize just how important having access to clean water truly is.
Water and oxygen are the two most essential elements that our bodies need in order to survive for even a short period of time. There have even been studies that have shown that if a 175 pound man would lose only 2.5% of the water in his body, which equals about 2 quarts, his body would be 25% less likely to survive. There are many symptoms that can tell you that your body is beginning to dehydrate, and most experts say that if you are feeling thirsty, then you're likely already dehydrated and should seek out clean water immediately. Depending on the circumstances, a person can die within 24 hours if they do not have access to water, although that is generally only true if someone is laboring over a hot summer. Most people may live up to three days without water, but while that seems like a long time, remember that your body can survive for weeks without food. There are three very essential reasons that you should always have access to good, clean, healthy, water.
Most people don't realize that they actually lose water every day, whether they are indulging in a strenuous workout or simply going about their daily business. The smallest amount of water that you will lose in a day is about two liters. In order to avoid dehydration, most people need to have access to clean water on a daily basis and need to drink at least a gallon of water a day. The more of a workout you are putting your body through, or the hotter the day, the more you need to have clean water. Dehydration is a very serious condition that can cause a number of different symptoms and can even lead to a fatal conclusion. When your body is dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker, and your muscles must work harder in order to pump it through the circulatory system. The dehydrated person will begin to lose their ability to think straight and, as stated, can die in just a few days.
Water is also very important because it helps to remove wastes and toxins from your body through the lymphatic system. You may notice that you are getting ill if one of your lymph nodes are swollen. The lymphatic system carries the clear lymph fluid through various organs in your body, including the digestive system and your tonsils. It is responsible for transporting and absorbing fatty acids, but more importantly it is also responsible for transporting white blood cells around the lymph node system and into the bones. Water helps to flush the lymph nodes out making your work much more efficiently.
Someone who is not drinking enough water will quickly find that they are having a problem even removing the waste from the body. Constipation is not only a frustrating condition to deal with, but it can also be one that can cause a host of other problems, including toxic overload syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and loss of appetite. Water helps to push the food through the intestines and bowels and makes eliminating much easier and more comfortable.
There are a great many reasons why it is important to include not only water in your daily activities, but clean water. After all there is no point in drinking a gallon of water a day, if you are only going to be putting things like parasites and bacteria into your body. So make sure that you're not only getting your daily recommended amount of water, but that the water that you’re drinking is clean.