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Water: The Foundation of the Body


Your body is comprised of eighty percent water:

  • Brain 75 percent 
  • Kidneys 83 percent
  • Heart 75 percent 
  • Muscle 75 percent 
  • Lungs 86 percent 
  • Blood 83 percent 
  • Liver 86 percent 

Water plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function:

  • Circulatory system 
  • Assimilation system 
  • Digestive system 
  • Elimination system 
  • Temperature control 

"Researchers from Boston University’s School of Public Health, point out that we absorb up to six times more volatile chemicals through our lungs and skin while bathing, than from drinking water." - Health World Newsletter

Purposes of Water in the Body 

  • Transportation of nutrients 
  • Cellular fluid 
  • Extracellular fluid 
  • Blood plasma 
  • Elimination of waste from the body 
  • Temperature regulation 
  • Gland and organ secretion 
  • Required for every metabolic process in the body 

Factors that Increase our Need for Water

  • Processed foods 
  • "Fractured" or incomplete foods 
  • Overcooked foods 
  • Non-food additives 
  • Drugs and medications 
  • Tobacco 
  • Sickness 
  • Skipping meals 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Detoxification 
  • Toxic drinks (e.g. sodas, coffee, alcohol) 

Results of Insufficient Water 

  • Constipation 
  • Pain 
  • Toxicity 
  • Overeating 
  • Illness 

The Importance of Water to Human Health 

  • 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 
  • In 37 percent of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak it is often mistaken for hunger. 
  • Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism by as much as three percent. 
  • One glass of water deters hunger pangs for 98 percent of the dieters observed in a University of Washington study. 
  • The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water. 
  • A mere two percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. 
  • Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, breast cancer by 79 percent, and bladder cancer by 50 percent. 
  • It's difficult for the body to get water from any other source than water itself. Soft drinks and alcohol steal tremendous amounts of water from the body. However, even other beverages such as coffee, milk and juice require water from the body to be properly digested. 
  • Consistent failure to drink enough water can lead to Chronic Cellular Dehydration. This condition, where the body's cells are never quite hydrated enough, leave them in a weakened state, vulnerable to attack from disease. It weakens the body's overall immune system and leads to chemical, nutritional and pH imbalances that can cause a host of diseases. 

    Source:
    The Plan B Diet by Greg Westbrook