Life cannot exist without water! That’s nothing new for you to learn. Proper hydration is essential to your healthy life. What you may/may not know about water is:
- comprises over two-thirds of our body weight and is one of the most essential elements of maintaining well-being.
- is important in every physiological process.
- helps your body with circulation, assimilation, digestion, elimination, and temperature control.
“Water your roots, so your soul can blossom.”
Researchers estimate that about 75% of Americans and 85% of Brits are chronically dehydrated. This can lead to many health issues such as fatigue, joint pain, headaches, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, ulcers, and high blood pressure. Chronic dehydration may affect your organs and lead to kidney stones, cholesterol problems, constipation, and liver and muscle damage.
Water and Immune Function
Proper hydration is essential for a healthy immune system and at this specific point in time concerning the global pandemic it is of paramount importance for us all. Even mild dehydration can decrease salivary rate and decrease the concentration of salivary immunoglobulin A (s-IgA), which is one of the first lines of defence of the immune function on pathogens.
Help your skin
Maintaining healthy skin is another primary barrier to potential pathogens. In addition to providing a passive physical barrier against infection, the skin also contains elements of the innate and adaptive immune systems which allow it to actively fight infections. Proper hydration is a prerequisite for healthy skin.
Drink more, keep bacteria away!
Staying hydrated helps the body naturally eliminate toxins and other bacteria that may cause illness. Dehydration reduces the overall volume of blood and lymphatic fluids that are integral to a healthy immune system. Lymph flows throughout the body to collect bacteria and waste. It transports collected waste to the lymph nodes which serve as filters. Drinking water works like a waterfall for lymphatic organs. The higher the amount, the stronger the push to the edge. In this scenario, water pushes bodily waste into the lymph nodes where lymphocytes destroy them. Eliminating toxins and waste materials become a difficult task when dehydrated. Not being able to remove this debris, your body is more susceptible to infection. Not staying hydrated diminishes energy levels, leading to a lack of exercise and a weakened immune system.
Keep your organs working
Water is vital for the functioning of all of your organs, and it’s a huge part of keeping your immune system functioning at an optimal level,” says Dr. Jyothi Tirumalasetty, assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergies. “We are made of 60 per cent of water. If we are dehydrated, the whole system of immunity could start breaking down.”
Water is not just a beverage choice
it is our most essential nutrient. When we think of water in this way it becomes apparent that we must drink enough each day. We can live for 3 weeks without food, but only 3 days without water! If you are not happy with the quality of your water, please connect with me for a recommendation of a water system.
Tune in to learn from Dr Gary Lindner
Our next Healthy by Choice Master Class will be on Tuesday, July 28th at 6 pm PDT. We will be discussing Water Matters and how we can support our immune system. To join the broadcast click this link Self Care Awakening Classroom and follow the prompts, see you on Tuesday. Contact me for the recording!
Thanks to Dr Gary Lindner, his Self-Care Awakening Movement and for his love sharing his knowledge helping people to be healthy by choice not by chance.
How have you been doing drinking water to keep you sufficiently hydrated? Comment below, please! I’d like to know about your habits.
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