Water is essential to our health. It makes up 75% of our muscles and our heart, 83% of our brain and kidneys, 86 % of our lungs and 95 % of our eyes. On the average we lose about 2 ½ liters to 3 liters per day through sweating, moving, urinating and sleeping. If we are not accustomed to our body’s thirst signals we misconstrue them as hunger signals. If we do not drink enough water we will actually store more water making us feel bloated, uncomfortable and we will appear heavier in weight. This happens because an acidic body draws water into its tissues in an attempt to neutralize the acids there.
If we experience a 4 % drop in our body water we will feel dizzy, at 5% we will have trouble with concentration, drowsiness and moodiness, headaches and dry skin. Even at the beginning stages of dehydration a person will start to have problems focusing on the computer screen and reading printed pages. Depression, sugar cravings and cramps are other signs of dehydration worth noting as well.
Serious body water loss is linked to fibromyalgia, acne, eczema, asthma and allergies, plus hypertension, diabetes, joint and back pain, in addition, migraines. Cancer, morbid obesity and heart disease have all been linked to serious long-term dehydration. Statistics show that women who drink more than five glasses of water per day have a 45% less risk of colon cancer.
Take this brief quiz to determine how many of these facts about water you currently know.
1. How many toxic synthetic and chemical compounds are in the water we drink in the United States?
2. How many of these compounds have been linked to adverse health effects?
3. What are considered the five main classifications of water impurities?
- Metals (arsenic / lead, or other toxins)
- Contaminants (bacteria, yeast, mold and algae)
4. What should be the pH of good water?
5. What is a PAM machine?
It is a plasma-activated, micro-ionized water machine
6. What is a PAW machine?
It takes PAM one step further by adding a micro-ionization process that increases the amount of electrons in the water creating fully monomolecular water – no other water can be as easily absorbed by the body and the cells.
7. How many of bottled water brands come from municipal waters?
8. What is water called that has added sweeteners, chemical additives, flavors, extracts or essences of over 1% of the water products weight?
A soft drink
9. How much of our body’s water is it possible to lose within one hour of vigorous exercise?
2% (as much as a pound)
10. How many Americans are chronically dehydrated?
75 % of mainstream health experts say that we require 8-ounces of water per day
11. Roughly how many gallons of water are in the human body?
10 to 13 gallons of water in your body
12. How does the body use water?
It neutralizes acids, to dilute excess acid, and to literally wash them (and all toxins) out of the body via urine and sweat and through the bowels.
13. What makes the body go into preservation fat-storing mode?
A drop of just 2 % in body water content is enough to make that happen
14. What is the maximum amount of time a person can live without water?
72 hours without water
15. Why do the lungs need water?
To humidify the air they move.
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