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Factors That Influence Water Needs

Factors That Influence Water Needs

1) Exercise. The more you exercise, the more fluid you’ll need to keep your body hydrated. An extra 1 or 2 cups of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires additional fluid. How much additional fluid is needed depends on how much you sweat during the exercise, but 13 to26 ounces (or about 2 to 3 cups) an hour will generally be adequate, unless the weather is exceptionally warm. 2. Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves. 3. Illnesses or health conditions. Signs of illnesses, such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea, cause your body to lose additional fluids. In these cases you should drink more water and may even need oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade, Powerade or Ceralyte. [Ed. Note: Gatorade tests as being very acidic. I bet the others do too! Test before you drink is a good motto to adopt!] Certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones, also require increased water intake. On the other hand, certain conditions such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake. 4. Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are lost especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.4 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume 3.0 liters (about 12.5 cups) of fluids a day. 5. When Weight Loss Is Water Loss You’ve probably heard someone say at some time that the first pounds lost when starting a diet are “mostly water weight.” This, in fact, is generally true. When initially cutting back on calories or increasing exercise, an individual typically begins to use his or her energy stores of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) first. Glycogen is stored in the muscle tissue along with more than twice its weight in water. Therefore, as a person begins to use this glycogen, the stored water that goes along with it is...

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Why Water is Essential to Health and Weight Loss – Infographic

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Kangen Water® for Your Garden

Kangen Water® for Your Garden

How Does Your Garden Grow? There were some questions about which Enagic® Water is best for your garden, and we’ve done some research to answer your concerns. It turns out, different plants have different preferences in pH for water and soil, and the water you use will have a big impact on your plant health and growth1. Also, the pH of your soil will affect which water you should use, as soil pH can range widely. Here is a general list of the plants that thrive in slightly alkaline, neutral, and slightly acidic water and soil: Plants that Prefer Slightly Alkaline Kangen Water® (pH 8.5 – 9.5) Asparagus, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, carrots, mushrooms, parsley, geraniums, irises, hydrangeas (for pink blooms), and lilacs. Hydrangeas are a rare plant, as the pH of your water will change the color of the blooms.   Plants that Prefer Slightly Acidic Water (pH 4.0 – 6.0) Rhododendrons, begonias, azaleas, heathers, hydrangeas (for blue blooms), peanuts, cucumbers, potatoes, chili peppers, eggplant, garlic, chives, artichoke, tomatoes, and most berries. Roses grow most vibrantly with pH 5.5 – 6.5, so you may want to experiment with Slightly Acidic Water 6.0 and Neutral Water to see which one yields the healthiest roses with your particular soil. Most orchids like between 5.5 and 6.5 I grow them potted and mounted on manzanita wood. The foliage and roots are very healthy. Kangen water has many benefits for the family, pets and your plants! Plants that Prefer Neutral Water (pH 7.0) Spinach, parsnips, dahlias, chrysanthemums, brussels sprouts, sweet peas, broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupe, kiwi, mint, lettuce, onions, bell peppers, and tulips. No matter which Enagic® Water you choose for your garden, you can have peace of mind that your plants will be healthy with clean, high-quality water. And think of how delicious your fruits and vegetables will taste after they’ve been watered with your Enagic® water ionizing machine, instead of chlorinated tap water.     Composting with Kangen Water® Give Back to Nature: Compost Composting is easy, natural, environmentally responsible, and it actually has a pleasant earth aroma when aerated properly. If you have never tried it before, you might be surprised at how simple and enjoyable composting can be. Most importantly, composting drastically reduces waste in our landfills. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that 72% of the municipal waste in landfills is organic and could be composted...

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Surprising Water Facts

Surprising Water Facts

Did you know? Surprising Water Facts 1.1 billion people lack access to an improved water supply – approximately one in six people on earth. (1) 2.6 billion people in the world lack access to improved sanitation. (1) Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use. (2) A person can live weeks without food, but only days without water. (3) A person needs 4 to 5 gallons of water per day to survive. (4, 5) The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day. (6, 7). The average African family uses about 5 gallons of water each day. (7) Millions of women and children spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often-polluted sources. (1) Water systems fail at a rate of 50% or higher. (8, 9) Every $1 spent on water and sanitation creates on average another $8 in costs averted and productivity gained. (1) Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water live on less $2 a day. (1) Poor people living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more for per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city....

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Why Water is So Important…

Why Water is So Important…

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This probably applies to half of the world’s population) In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of thedieters studied in a U-Washington study. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere 2% 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 just 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%… plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. It can be said that the chemistry of life is water chemistry. For the body to function properly, it must be hydrated properly. Moreover, the qualities and properties of the water we drink can determine the quality of our health.Water adjusts the body’s temperature and assists in digestion. It removes toxins from the body and also makes necessary body fluids. The chemical reactions that support life take place in a water medium, with water being an important reactant or product of these reactions. The adult human body is made up of 60-75% water. The brain is made up of about 80 – 85% water. Blood, which carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, is about 90% water. Our brains are approximately 80 – 85% water. Keep in mind that when we are born our bodies are 90% water and 10% matter. As an aging adult, our bodies begin losing water, dehydration sets in, and hydration falls to about 70% water and 30% matter. Upon death, the body is only 50% water! In reality we die of dehydration! The average adult male or female is approximately 43 to 45 liters of water. These waters need to be filtered and eliminated and replenished daily. If they are not, the rivers, steams and oceans of our body become polluted with digestive, respiratory and metabolic acids. When these acids build up we experience the symptoms of dehydration that we call disease. Just...

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