of Water and Walking
plain, fresh pure water -- and --
There are two things that everyone can easily do
that will have a direct, favorable effect on
their health, vitality, energy and well being.
Facts about Human Beings and Water
We all have heard that drinking water is
important. But, do you really appreciate just
how important it is....
- 75% of
Americans are chronically
- In 37% of
Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is often mistaken for
- Even MILD
dehydration will slow down one's metabolism
as much as 3%.
- One glass of
water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a
Univ. Washington study.
- Lack of
water is the #1 trigger of daytime
research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water
a day could significantly ease back and joint
pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
- A mere 2%
drop in body water can trigger fuzzy
short-term memory, trouble with basic math,
and difficulty focusing on the computer
screen or on a printed page.
- Drinking 5
glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the
risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50%
less likely to develop bladder cancer.
Water is one of
the most important "ingredients" in any weight
control program. Water naturally suppresses the
appetite (as noted in the Univ.-Washington
study). It also helps the body metabolize stored
fat. Studies have shown that consuming more
water reduces stored fat in the body, while
decreasing water consumption increases stored
fat. Proper kidney function requires adequate
water in the body. If there is not enough water,
part of the kidneys function is taken over by
the liver. Once the liver is doing part of the
kidney's job it cannot do its own jobs as well
-- one of which is to metabolize stored body
Fluid retention is most often the result of not
drinking enough water. This may sound odd, but
the body resorts to "hoarding" water if there is
not enough. The other common factor in fluid
retention is too much salt consumption. The body
reacts to too much salt by retaining fluid to
dilute the salt concentration. Both of these
common causes of fluid retention are best
treated by drinking more water. In the case of
excess salt, the extra water will flush out the
excessive salt. In the case of "hoarding", once
the body gets used to an adequate supply of
water, it will stop "hoarding". To relieve fluid
retention -- drink more water.
Water also helps relieve constipation. If the
body does not have enough water, it will draw as
much as it can from internal sources -- the most
readily available source is the colon where
water is absorbed -- creating constipation.
Are you drinking enough water every day?
Drink eight glasses (8 ounces each) every day,
under normal conditions. If you are over trying
to lose weight or are dealing with any of the
other problems caused by lack of water, drink
four additional glasses of water for a total of
twelve (8 ounce) glasses. In addition, if you
are overweight, increase the amount of water by
one glass per day for each 25 pounds of excess
NOTE: Coffee, tea, soda, beer, juice and most
other beverages do not replace the need for
*plain* PURE water. In fact, most beverages have
a negative effect on your hydration.
Metabolizing the sugar in a soda uses water --
in order to "break even" you need to drink 5
cans on plain water for each can of soda you
drink. Metabolizing alcohol also consumes water
from the body -- the dehydration caused by
metabolizing alcohol is the primary cause of a
"hang over". Caffeine also has a negative effect
on the body's supply of water.
Facts about Human Beings and Walking
Walking is a known stress reliever. Just a
simple 10 minute walk can lower your blood
pressure and refresh your mind. As you age,
walking a little more each day will keep your
body from losing its' tone and flexibility.
Make sure you walk in a safe manner, on good
sidewalks or pavement. If you walk in a street
or roadway, walk facing oncoming traffic, in
parks and beach walkways be aware of bicyclists,
skaters and other wheeled, fast moving,
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