The Importance of Water

The human body is composed of 75 percent water.  To provide nourishment, eliminate waste and conduct all the trillions of activities in the body, we need water.

Here are a few facts about the importance of water and the effects dehydration has on your body.

  • Water deficiency in the brain tissue cuts down the brain’s energy supply.  This can cause depression or memory loss.
  • If your body produces lasting pain for no apparent reason (not caused by an injury) before drawing any other conclusions, you should interpret this as the body’s cry for water and its attempt to remedy an unbalanced condition.
  • Infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses cannot thrive in a well-hydrated body.  Drinking enough water is, therefore, one of the most important disease prevention measures you can take.
  • High blood pressure is a common experience among people who are dehydrated.  A similar situation occurs in the liver’s bile ducts, which begin to constrict in response to water shortage in the body.  Gallstone formation is a direct result of dehydration
  • Beverages that contain caffeine, sugar, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, act as strong dehydrators because the effects they create in the body are exactly opposite the ones that are produced by water.
  • Beverages containing caffeine trigger stress responses that at first have a strong diuretic effect leading to increased urination.  Beverages with added sugar drastically raise blood sugar levels.  Any beverage that provokes these responses coerces the body to give up large amounts of water.
  • For every cup of coffee or tea you drink, your body has to relinquish up to three cups of water to remove the toxic caffeine.  To remove the caffeine from the blood, the body is forced to take water from its cells.  This results in cellular dehydration and temporary thinning of the blood.  Because the thinning of the blood makes you feel good, you won’t notice the imminent danger of dehydration.
  • Caffeine, which is a major component in soft drinks, removes water from the body faster than the body can absorb it again, thereby generating constant thirst.    People who frequently drink soft drinks are never really able to quench their thirst.  They confuse their bodies’ never-ending thirst signal with hunger and begin to overeat, causing swelling and excessive weight gain.  Apart from its diuretic action and its addictive effects on the brain, regular caffeine intake over stimulates the heart muscles, causing exhaustion and heart disease.