Friday, February 25, 2011

Wallow in it...

Wallow? Yes – “Wallow” My reaction was the same when the word occurred to me as part of the title for this posting – so I looked it up and got the message. One of the meaning of the word “wallow” is to have an ample supply of something. The focus of this piece is to encourage us to “Wallow in Water” – now it holds together nicely, at least for me.

I’ll be referring to various sources as we go on because I know that what I’m sharing is not new…it’s just pertinent to cap this month of health with “a cup or 2 or water.”

I’ve always heard, as you might as well, that over 50% of our body consists of water. The first time I heard it I almost felt like jelly…amazing isn’t it how God keeps us? In digging around on this topic, I found some interesting numbers and a nice picture too

“A rule of thumb, 2/3 of body is consists of water, and it is the main component of human body. Did you know that your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water? Here is the %:

• Muscle consists of 75% water
• Brain consists of 90% of water
• Bone consists of 22% of water
• Blood consists of 83% water

The functions of water in human body are vital. Water:

• Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
• Moisturizes the air in lungs
• Helps with metabolism
• Protects our vital organs
• Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
• Regulates body temperature
• Detoxifies
• Protects and moisturizes our joints

Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. Take for example, brain consists of 90% of water, if you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you will get headache or migraine. Hence, next time, if you feel fatigue and headache, it may be the sign of dehydration.”*

Before reading this, I didn’t make that linkage between our brains and headaches…did you? I knew something was off whenever I had headaches and sometimes attributed them to hunger, stress or lack of rest. Now I know better - to drink water when my head aches...
Indeed, we learn everyday and there is so much information out there…which we will only find (& improve our lives) if/when we seek them out with all our heart. For instance, we spent the first half of this month talking about Fruits and Veggies now here is one more reason to stick with the fruity-veggie life-style - as if I (we) needed more reasons:

Fruits and vegetables - besides being good sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber - contain lots of water. For example, oranges are 87 percent water, and cucumbers are 95 percent water. Milk, juice and other beverages also have large amounts of water. Conversely, dried fruits, nuts, grain products and baked goods generally contain less water.** This last sentence was another discovery for me...I really like dried fruit more out of convenience – obviously that is not quite so convenient for my body…point taken. Flavoured water is also not encouraged. Did you ask why? Well if it's not plain water, it's not the same nor as pure as plain water - even if it's straight from the tap (depending on where you live of course). I like the taste of flavoured water but now I avoid it as much as possible.

In conclusion, I was going to add that, I’ve included various sources where we can read up on the health benefits of water however one source I do not sanction or recommend is alcohol – the reason is obvious. Then I found this:

“As for alcohol and caffeine, research shows that they actually dehydrate your body. They work as diuretics.

If you are serious about natural health and getting the benefits of water, the best choice would be to stop drinking soda pop, alcoholic beverages, and caffeinated beverages altogether.***

Now, I also found that I should not just cut down but actually stop taking caffeinated beverages and soda pop/soft drinks? Wow, sounds like a tall order but as we know – everything is possible to him/her who believes”****

For now, I’ll focus on wallowing in water…here are five tips to get us all started:
  • Get into the habit of having a glass or two of water first thing in the morning.
  • Instead of having a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea during your lunch breaks, have a nice tall glass of water. It may be just what you need to feel more refreshed and energized throughout your day.
  • In the morning, fill a water bottle or two with the amount of water that you need to drink for that day. Carry those bottles with you and sip slowly throughout the day.
  • Don't wait until you are thirsty before you start drinking water. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already in a dehydrated state.
  • Try to avoid drinking water with your meals. Drinking water with your meals dilutes the gastric juice. This slows down the digestive process. You definitely won't get the benefits of water that way. Instead drink water freely between your meals.
At the very least, try to drink enough water to keep your urine pale.***

Let's all purpose to wallow in water by swallowing it more often...there are so many benefits that follow...

References:
* http://www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com/benefits-of-drinking-water.html
** http://www.shapefit.com/water-benefits.html
***http://www.natural-health-restored.com/benefits-of-water.html
****Mark 9:23b – "Everything is possible for the one who believes." (New International Reader's Version)

Other sources:
http://www.health-benefit-of-water.com/benefit-of-drinking-water.html
http://www.highvibrations.org/archive3/water.htm
http://www.weightlossforall.com/benefits-water-drinking.htm

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