Water – Life’s Basic Necessity

By on June 1, 2011

By Sheree Gillaspie –

Water is such a wonderful, beautiful and important entity! Water is associated with almost everything – it’s literally a part of everything. The magnificent human body is known to be about 60 percent water, and cells can be from 65 – 90 percent water. Drinking lots of good water to replace fluid loss is key.

Water improves oxygen delivery to cells; transports nutrients; enables cellular hydration; moistens oxygen for easier breathing; cushions bones and joints; absorbs shocks to joints and organs; regulates body temperature; removes wastes; flushes toxins; prevents tissues from sticking; lubricates joints; improves cell to cell communication; maintains normal electrical properties of the cell and empowers the body’s natural healing processes. If water is life’s basic necessity, then why is water the most common nutritional deficiency in the American Population?

Dehydration can manifest itself many ways. The early signs of dehydration can be fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, cravings, cramps and headaches. Mature signs of dehydration can be heartburn, joint pain, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, constipation and colitis. What’s amazing is people can relieve and even eliminate these problems through proper hydration (read Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj).

So how much water should you drink every day? Daily water consumption should be half of your weight in ounces as a MINIMUM – not to exceed 100 ounces. If you drink diuretics (alcohol, coffee, soda, caffeinated teas, and packaged fruit juices) you will need to ADD water to your diet. The diuretics calculation is (ounces of diuretics X 1.5) + body weight divided by 2.

Water is an important part of all life – eliminate diuretics from your diet and make adequate water intake one of your top New Years Resolutions!

Sheree Gillaspie, BS, Certified Nutritional Therapist and Certified Healing Food Specialist; http://www.purelifeliving.com/.

Sheree Gillaspie

About Sheree Gillaspie

Sheree Gillaspie MS, NTP, FPC, CWC, CLC has always been excited about health and overall wellness and their essential connection with food. Sheree's passion is to empower clients to develop a healthful lifestyle and specific nutrition solutions that invoke the body’s own natural healing, allowing them to experience radiant health and peak vitality. Sheree has a Masters in Nutrition, is a certified Nutritional Therapist (Nutritional Therapy Association), certified Healing Food Specialist, a certified Food Psychology Coach, Wellness and Life Coach. She has over 26 years experience in the health and fitness industry including fitness club owner, Fitness Director for a private club, group class instructor (weight training, aerobic, teen fitness and senior fitness classes) Personal Trainer, Wellness and Lifestyle Coach and Nutrition Specialist.

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Water – Life’s Basic Necessity