Basic functions

Although it might just seem like common sense to appreciate that you can't shortchange the body requirements for adequate daily amounts of pure water, it is useful to outline just what water does for you. The many enzymes in your body, which are essential for regulating just about every life function, work more effectively when the cellular fluid is not too thick. It becomes too thick when your body lacks adequate water. Water is literally the solvent in which every one of your body's activities takes place. Water is the primary component of all bodily fluids, including blood, lymph, saliva, cerebrospinal fluid, and the body's many glandular secretions. Intestinal, gastric, and pancreatic juices are nearly 98 percent water. The blood supply is about 92 percent water. A person who weighs 150 pounds should contain about 80 quarts of water.

It has even been suggested that some otherwise unexplained pains in the body are caused by "local thirst." This means that there is not enough water present to allow local metabolic functions to take place normally. This then results in an accumulation of incomplete metabolism by-products in a tissue, sometimes resulting in pain or discomfort at that location.

When you consider that urine generally has a fairly limited range of concentration in which toxins can be eliminated, it should come as no surprise that skimping on your water will result in larger amounts of toxins and metabolic by-products that must be excreted. No matter how much water you drink, you will excrete some toxins and waste products every time you urinate. The only compensation that your kidneys can make is to allow an increasingly dilute urine to be formed as your water intake increases. But when you are drinking less rather than more water, the "steady state" of toxins and waste products can lean much more easily toward a net accumulation rather than a net elimination. Once you have formed the habit of drinking too little water, you have laid a foundation that allows wastes and toxins to build up gradually for the rest of your life.

Just as toxins from any source will cause some problems and aggravate all other existing problems, inadequate water intake can be expected to have the same effects. As mentioned above, water is not only essential for proper cellular function throughout your body, it is also essential for the proper excretion of cellular waste products and any other toxins that have found their way into your body. Therefore, poor water intake can be expected to increase your overall bodily toxicity. Good foods, exercise, supplements, meditation, or just about anything else you can think of to support your health will NOT compensate for ignoring this basic bodily requirement. Don't reinvent the wheel; do whatever else you think is good for you, but do not neglect drinking your water.

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