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Is Water Nature's Greatest Medicine?

Is Drinking Water Nature's Greatest Medicine?

The medical world is divided over many issues, but there is one subject that they all agree on; drinking water is good for you. Water carries vital oxygen, nutrients and hormones to the places where your body needs them most. On a basic level, it helps with the removal of waste material and toxins in the body, but water can do so much more as well.

If you suffer from back pain, an increased intake of water can help ease your suffering. When the spinal disc looses fluid it becomes dehydrated and pain increases. By drinking more water you will rehydrate your spinal disc and back pain will be reduced. Kidney stones can be kept at bay with H20. Drinking two liters per day will stop the salt and minerals in your kidneys building up and turning into a kidney stone. A properly hydrated kidney will not let the salt and minerals settle and will instead turn them into urine.

Drinking Water Lifts Energy Levels

Too many of us reach for coffee when we have a dip in energy, but water does a much better job at restoring energy. This is because a lack of energy is commonly caused by dehydration. So instead of drinking a cup of coffee and only making the problem worse, increase your water intake in the morning. You will find that you will no longer have that dip in energy in the afternoon.

You will also find that you snack less, because having the urge to snack in the afternoon is actually your body's way of telling you that you are dehydrated. It is advised that pregnant women increase their intake of water. It is not uncommon for a woman to suffer from bladder infections and other ailments during pregnancy; these can all be prevented and overcome by simply drinking more water.

Recommended Drinking Water Intake

The recommended daily intake of water is eight cups per day, but you do not need to drink all of this. Water is present in nearly all food and all types of drink. Be careful when drinking coffee and soda as a source of hydration. Although these products do contain water, they also contain caffeine. Caffeine can actually prevent water from reaching the necessary parts of the body.

Be careful not to drink too much water too quickly. This can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication happens when the level of sodium in the blood is diluted and results in an imbalance of water in the brain. This problem is most likely to occur after intense exercise. Although you may be very thirsty after exertion, be careful not to drink too much water.

We should all try to make a routine for drinking water. By doing this we can make sure that dehydration is never a problem and the body is working at maximum capacity. Roughly 70% of the human body is comprised of water, so it makes good sense to care for this majority and drink the recommended daily amount.

By: Dr. Alan Weidner

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