Water the secret to longevity by Dr George Grant PhD., IMD
The human body is primarily composed of water. Water is not only beneficial but also vital to life only oxygen is more important to human survival. Water plays an enormous role in how well our body functions.
Simply put the more fresh water we drink, the healthier we become. Water increases the quality and also the length of our lives! Try to drink the recommended 8 or more glasses of water daily. Here is how to figure out the right amount of water you need to drink daily to stay completely hydrated.
You need to drink half of your body weight in ounces daily. Let us say you weight 200 lbs. You will need 100 oz. of water. Divide 100 oz. by 8 oz (a size of a glass) you get 12. You need to drink 12 (8 oz.) glasses of water a day to keep your body properly hydrated. This is a minimum. Your body performs at its best when it is properly hydrated. We live in a lush world and yet you are so dry inside our body because we do not drink enough water.
Water helps to:
Relieve/Prevent: lower back pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, headaches, migraines, asthma, allergies, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, hypertension, cholesterol, hangovers, neck pain, muscle pain, joint pain, bloating, constipation, ulcers, low energy levels, stomach pain,
Confusion and disorientation.
Maintain: muscle tone, weight loss, clear and healthy skin.
Regulate: body temperature, remove toxins and wastes, cushion and lubricate joints, decrease risk of kidney stones, protect tissues, organs and the spinal cord from shock and damage.
Assist In: the digestion & absorption of food, and in transporting oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
There is no substitute for water!
Beverages that simply contain water are not good enough. Juice, soda, tea, coffee etc. counter the positive effects of water; some, in fact, may also be unhealthy. For example, drinks containing caffeine stimulate your adrenal gland and dehydrate and rob your body of important vitamins and minerals.
Beverages containing lots of sugars stimulate the pancreas, boosting your insulin levels and taking your body out of its natural fat burning state. Sodas are a quadruple whammy. Colas, in particular, contain caffeine, sugar, sodium and acid that could eat through a dime. Have you ever tried the household remedy to calcium and lime rusted toilet? Just let a bottle of soda sit in the toilet for a bit and presto a sparkling toilet! I am not saying that you should completely eliminate these drinks from your diet. However, you may want to replace them with water whenever possible and at least keep them at a low to moderate level.
Water and Weight Loss
Drinking water may be the most important piece to the weight loss puzzle. Water contains no calories, fat, or cholesterol and is low in sodium. It is nature appetite suppressant, and it helps the body to metabolize fat. Current research shows that low water intakes yield an increase in fat deposits. Conversely, a high water intake reduces the amount fat deposits. Without enough water, the kidneys cannot function properly. As a result, some of their workload is pushed off onto the liver, in turn preventing the liver from operating at peak levels.
How does all this tie into weight loss? Because metabolizing fat is a primary function of the liver, and because the liver can not function at peak levels when taking on the added workload from the kidneys, less body fat is metabolized and more is stored. This leads to either weight gain or reaching a plateau of weight loss. When dieting, we restrict the calories we take in, to some degree. By doing so, we lessen the total amount of water available to our bodies since about 30% of the average person water intake comes from the food they eat. This gives us even more reason to raise our water intake.
Finally, conserve water which is essential for survival… It is more precious and scarcer than Gold.
Read more about the importance of water and many other essential health tips in Dr George Grant book Your 101 ways to 101 which will be published in June 2013. http://www.your101ways.com
One of the reasons why you need to drink enough water + Lemon + Apple Cider Vinegar + a dash of baking soda is to ensure healthy kidney function. In fact, chronic low-grade dehydration is one of the most common causes of kidney stones.
Poor kidney function is also associated with a number of other serious health problems, including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Common signs of kidney problems include:
Pain or burning sensation during urination
Good kidney function1 is essential for maintaining homeostasis in your body, starting with the composition of your blood. For example, your kidneys are responsible for maintaining proper pH level and electrolyte balance (the ratios of sodium, potassium and phosphates).
They also produce hormones that make red blood cells, and those that help regulate your blood pressure.
Kidney stones are particularly linked to a diet high in processed fructose and other sugars, as sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body by interfering with calcium and magnesium absorption. The phosphorus acid in soda also acidifies your urine, which promotes stone formation.
Lets take a closer look at 19 of the balancing benefits of water, lemon, and salt, all in one cup.
Lemons are excellent for fighting inflammation. Lemons can help dissolve the uric acid in your joints, and also have been found to help build and repair tendons, ligaments, and bone. This anti-inflammatory property may be especially beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to an American College of Physicians study on osteoarthritis, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2000).
Aids in proper food and water absorption. A daily glass of lemon water with Himalayan salt may provide a better overall mineral balance, which promotes proper food and water absorption in your body, allowing essential nutrients to get where they need to be.
Balances your bodys acidity (pH). The alkalizing effects of lemon and natural salt are highly useful for managing your bodys delicate pH balance, which is crucial for optimal functioning of the bodys systems.
Boosts immune function. One lemon serves up 139 percent of your daily value (DV) for vitamin C. Squeezing one lemon into your morning is a natural alternative to that vitamin C supplement you may be taking.
Its a detox for your cells. The all-natural Himalayan salt mixed with lemon juice and water helps to pull toxins from your cells, reducing cellular toxicity. This may reduce your risk for various chronic diseases, as well as make you feel generally awesome!
Reduces problematic cellulite. Natural salts like Himalayan salt have been used for centuries for skin care. Interestingly, most spa treatments for cellulitis contain some form of salt and/or citrus blend. A few daily gulps of lemon and salt water in the morning may firm up a few of those unsightly areas.
Clears up skin and adds a fresh glow. Using natural salt for skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema, dates back to ancient Roman times. Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius doctor, Galen from Pergamum, used sea salt for skin diseases, according to Science Tribune (1999).
glass of water with lemon/baking soda/apple cider vinegar:
Useful for allergy season. It has been suggested that the combination of lemon and salt, specifically mixed into warm water, acts as a natural antihistamine for allergies. It may be the perfect alternative to those pink pills that leave you feeling drowsy.
Paves the way for better sleep. The natural hormone-balancing properties of lemon and Himalayan salt can be more than useful when it comes to bedtime. Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential for physical health, mental health, productivity, and much more. This hormone-balancing beverage can make an effective nightcap.
Helps controls blood sugar. The fiber content of lemons helps to balance blood glucose levels, which is useful for type 2 diabetes patients and prediabetics alike, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2000).
Lemons may help detoxify your liver. Vitamin C is essential for producing glutathione, which plays a foundational role in detoxifying the liver. It also has antiseptic properties that are useful for liver function, as well.
Freshens breath! Lemon and Himalayan salt may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of fresh breath. However, the lemon and salt in this simple morning drink help kill the bad breath bacteria that build up while youre sleeping.
May help you chill out. When you get stressed out, do not be so quick to reach for those prescription pills. You may be able to chill out and return to that state of Zen by boosting your vitamin C levels first thing in the morning.
Useful for reducing blood pressure. Lemons are not all about vitamin C and fiber. They also boast potassium, which is vital for flushing excessive sodium from the body.
Boost your libido! The vitamin C content and hormone-balancing properties of this morning beverage can help lift your mood. This might be all it takes to boost your libido, without the need for that little blue pill.
Gets you hydrated right out of the gate. Many people forget how important hydration is, especially after a seven or eight-hour sleep period with no water. Start your morning off right and get hydrated. The water, salt and zesty lemon will get your day off to the perfect start.
An antioxidant powerhouse vital for, well, everything! Lemon offers up a wealth of vitamins and minerals, while Himalayan salt boosts your mineral and trace mineral levels even more. The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of lemon saltwater pack a powerful, free radical knockout punch.
May improve your heart health. Lemons and real salt are both exceptional for increasing heart health on their own. However, when you combine the two into one vibrant morning drink, you get even more vital heart-thumping health benefits.
Natural salt supports electrochemical reactions in the body, while negative ions assist in healthy heart rhythm. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is, associated with lower endothelial dysfunction in men with no history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2006).
Promotes digestive health. A glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt before breakfast, or any meal, helps signal your liver to produce the essential bile needed to clean out harmful gut bacteria. The fiber content and natural salt will also promote digestion.
Are you ready to commit to this simple and health-promoting morning drink? I have been drinking warm lemon water with a little bit of Himalayan salt every morning for months, and I absolutely love it. My energy levels are up, and I feel as cool as a cucumber throughout the day.
Want to join me? Combine 10 ounces of filtered water with one whole lemon, squeezed, and half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt/pinch of baking soda/apple cider vinegar to detox your body.
Water Preparedness Checklist
1) KNOWLEDGE. Knowledge is the most important key to being prepared. Remember that in an emergency you may be panicked and/or dehydrated, both of which can affect your memory and mental capacity. Print this ebook out so you can reference it if your power goes out.
2) BOTTLED WATER. A minimum of two-weeks supply of bottled water. You should have at least two quarts (half gallon) per person per day. This should be commercially produced bottled water, preferably a well-known brand name. Keep the bottles sealed and stored in a dark, cool area. Rotate the bottles out at least every twelve months.
3) STOVE & FUEL. A stove and fuel for boiling and/or distilling water during an emergency. You should have a stove that can use different types of fuel, including a simple wood fire.
4) A NON-ELECTRIC WATER DISTILLER. A non-electric water distiller is the best way to purify water in an emergency (see www.SurvivalStill.com).
5) Oregano Oil/Tea Tree Oil/bleach. Have a bottle of unopened non-scented, basic bleach that can be used to disinfect water supplies. Do not use scented bleaches, color safe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners.
6) AN EMERGENCY FILTER. You could incorporate an emergency filter into your kit, for non-drinking water (hygiene, cooking, etc) or to filter some contaminants out prior to boiling or chlorinating your water, as long as you remember to then treat the filtered water with one of the Red Cross recommended methods (filters alone are not recommended by the Red Cross for water in an emergency).
7) PREPARE YOUR LOVED ONES. If you love them, educate them! Your friends and loves ones should be educated and prepared, so tell them to go to www.WaterInAnEmergency.com and download this book.