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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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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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Water, the source of life

Water, the source of life

Water sustains all forms of life, including human life. Water is one of the most mysterious substances on this planet. Scientists are still discovering amazing facts about water. More than 70% of our body weight is water. That translates into about 10 gallons of water for a 120lb. person. You are a bundle of water wrapped in skin and walking around. Understanding water and drinking the right kind of water will give us health and longevity. Properties of Water Water is a strong solvent: therefore, it carries many invisible ingredients, such as minerals, oxygen, nutrients, waste products, and pollutants. Inside the human body, blood (which is 90% water) circulates throughout the body distributing nutrients and oxygen, and collecting waste and carbon dioxides. Every substance deep inside the body was brought there by the blood and can be brought out by the blood. Unlike any other substance, water is lighter in its solid state in its liquid state. That why ice floats in water. Otherwise, lakes and ponds would freeze from bottom up in the winter time, killing all living things in them. Water not only sustains life but also protects life. Structure of Water We all know that a water molecule is H20. That means each molecule contains two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. These two hydrogen atoms are not attached to the oxygen atom in 180 deg. angle but a 104.5 deg. angle in liquid state and a 109.5 deg. angle in ice, making ice a more open structure than liquid water and giving it a lower density. These angles create electric polarization effects on water molecules. The side with hydrogen is more positive than the side with oxygen. For this reason, water molecules are not disjointed, but instead they form structures that change from hexagonal to pentagonal and back, contantly, in a very short of time (10¯¹¹ second) in a cooperative manner. WATER IS ALIVE! Yes, Water is alive without any living organism in it. The percentage of hexagonally structured water molecules varies as a function of temperature. In pure water, there are 3 to 4% of hexagonally structured water molecules at 10°C (50°F) and the rest is pentagonal in structure. There are 10% at 0°C (32°F), and virtually 100% at -40°C (??), we all know that a snow flake is hexagonal. The technology of the NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonator) is enabling scientist to see the...

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Top 6 Myths About Bottled Water

Top 6 Myths About Bottled Water

Bottled water — already a more than $14 billion industry — is the fastest growing beverage category in the U.S. But is it good for you? Here’s the pure truth.  Myth #1: Bottled Water Is Better Than Tap. Not necessarily. While labels gush about bottled water that “begins as snowflakes” or flows from “deep inside lush green volcanoes,” between 25 and 40 percent of bottled water comes from a less exotic source: U.S. municipal water supplies. (Bottling companies buy the water and filter it, and some add minerals.) That’s not really a bad thing: The Environmental Protection Agency oversees municipal water quality, while the Food and Drug Administration monitors bottled water; in some cases, EPA codes are more stringent. Myth #2: Purified Water Tastes Better. The “purest” water — distilled water with all minerals and salts removed — tastes flat; it’s the sodium, calcium, magnesium, and chlorides that give water its flavor. The “off” taste of tap water is the chlorine; if you refrigerate it in a container with a loose fitting lid, the chlorine taste will be gone overnight. Myth #3: Bottled Water With Vitamins, Minerals, Or Protein Is More Healthy Than Regular Water. “Vitamins, color, herbs, protein, and all the other additions to water — those are a marketing ploy,” says Marion Nestle, Ph.D., professor of nutrition studies at New York University. Plus, the additives are usually a scant serving of the vitamins you really need in a day, adds Amy Subar, Ph.D., a nutritionist with the National Cancer Institute. Enhanced waters usually contain sugars and artificial flavorings to sweeten the deal and can pack more calories than diet soda. When it comes to providing fluoride, tap water usually wins, though that element is increasingly being added to bottled waters. Myth #4: You Need Eight 8-Ounce Glasses Of Water Each Day. The Institute of Medicine recommends about 91 ounces (a little more than 11 8-ounce glasses) of fluid daily for women. But here’s the thing: It expects 80 percent of that to come from water, juice, coffee, tea, or other beverages and the remaining 20 percent from food. That means if you drink a 12-ounce cup of coffee and a 12-ounce can of diet soda, you only need 48 more ounces (three 16-ounce glasses, or four soda cans’ worth) for the day. Myth #5: After An Intense Workout, Bottled Water Is Best. There’s a reason volunteers hand out Gatorade during marathons. If your workout lasts longer than an hour, you need to replace the water and electrolytes, such...

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