The Secrets and benefits of H20

Plain and simple water is a solvent. In other words it dissolves other substances and carries nutrients and other material like blood cells around the body, making is possible for every organ to do its intended job function. Water is essential to;

  • Digest food, dissolving nutrients so that they can pass through the intestinal cell walls into your bloodstream, and move food along through your intestinal tract.

  • Carry waste products out of your body.

  • Assists with digestion of food, producing energy and building healthy tissue.

  • Send electrical messages between cells so that your muscles can move, your eyes can see, your brain can think, etc.

  • Regulate body temperature.

  • Lubricate your moving parts.


Pretty crazy how important water is, right?


As much as three-quarters of the water in our bodies is in intracellular fluid, the liquid inside body cells. The rest is in extracellular fluid, which is all other body fluids, such as;

  • Interstitial fluid - fluid between cells.

  • Blood plasma - the clear liquid in blood.

  • Lymph - a clear, slightly yellow fluid collected from body tissues that flows through your lymp nodes.

  • Bodily secretions - sweat, seminal fluid, vaginal fluids.

  • Urine.

In order to maintain a healthy body you must have just the right amount of fluid inside and outside each cell, this is known as fluid balance. Check this out, if you have too little water your cells shrivel up and die, if you have too much water the cell bursts! So here it comes ... the body maintains its fluid balance through electrolytes, mineral compounds that, when dissolved in water, become electrically charged particles called ions.

Many minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, form compounds that dissolve into charged particles. But nutritionists generally use the term electrolyte to describe sodium, potassium and chlorine. The most familiar electrolyte is the one found on every dinner table: sodium chloride - plain old table salt.

OK folks let's keep this really simple.

The fluid inside your cells has more potassium than sodium and chloride. The fluid outside is just the opposite: more sodium and chloride than potassium. The cell wall is a semipermeable membrane; so some things go through and some don't. Water molecules and small mineral molecules bounce around the body freely, unlike larger molecules such as proteins.

In addition to maintaining fluid balance, sodium, potassium, and chloride ions create electrical signals that enable cells to send messages back and forth between themselves so you can think, see, move and perform all functions that we take for granted.

  • Sodium helps digest proteins and carbs and keeps your blood from becoming too acidic or too alkaline.

  • Potassium is used in digestion to synthesize proteins and starch.

  • Chloride is like a hydrochloric acid which breaks down food in your belly.

Many of us don't drink enough water. We breathe, perspire, urinate and defecate.

  • 850 - 1200 milliliters lost in breath and perspiration.

  • 600 - 1600 milliliters lost in urine.

  • 50 - 200 milliliters lost in feces.

Add some extra ounces for safe margin, and you get the current recommendations that women age 19 and up consume about 11 cups of water a day and men 19 and up, about 15.


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