WATER- Nature's Cocktail
A. What is water and why is it important?
Water is the most important nutrient in the body and is very critical for health, growth and development. Many belief that drinking eight, eight ounce glasses of water should be consumed to get the most out of it. However there is no scientific or medical basis for this assertion. God designed your body to heal itself. Your body will always send you signals when something is wrong but we tend not to listen to these cues. It is our God given delivery system, bringing nutrients in and taking toxins and waste material out. When you are thirsty you know but many times we mistake this for hunger. It gets even more complicated when some researchers believe that beverages such as coffee, tea, soda and other caffeinated beverages, though proven to dehydrate, compensate for dehydration based on the amount of water in the beverage. We recommend that you consume, on a daily basis, half your body weight in water( 1 oz for every 2 pounds of body weight).
C. Water is known as the fountain of youth
Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. Proper digestion cannot happen without water. Although fiber is important for the digestive system to function properly it needs water to get the job done. The truth is good fiber goes bad, without water causing constipation and extreme discomfort. A dehydrated body means that your body has to work harder to circulate your blood around your body. This results in less brain activity since, and makes it harder for you to concentrate and you end up feeling tired.
D. Water is the miracle worker
Water in its purest form ( free of contaminants such as chlorine and fluoride) is mankind's wonder drug. Here's why: When you consume half your body weight in ounces of water you will see:
1. Improved mental and physical performance
2. Increased energy
3. Healthier skin- Drinking water can clear up your skin and
people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It
won't happen overnight, of course, but just a week of
drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on
4. Reduction in the toxic burden of the body by the removal of
waste products- Water is used by the body to help flush out
toxins and waste products from the body
5. Helps you lose weight
6. Reduce headache and dizziness
7. Better digestive health- Our digestive systems need a good
amount of water to digest food properly. Drinking lots of
water can also reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%,
bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of
breast cancer. Often water can help cure stomach acid
problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation
(often a result of dehydration)
E. Water is heart healthy
Studies show that water helps to protect our heart. In order for the heart to work it needs to be getting an uninterrupted flow of healthy blood.
Note: In order for the blood to be healthy the liver needs to be healthy. The liver filters the blood and regulates which minerals are added to the blood to nourish the heart and other body cells.
We need to drink enough water to flush out any excess substances from the blood. Please be advised that the water in coffee, tea, alcohol or sodas do not count since these are all dehydrators. Secondly, a healthy heart has to be protected from blood clots. As you age so does your heart, a clot can cause a heart attack or stroke. Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risk of a heart attack.
A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
F. Water aids in weight loss
Water is a natural appetite suppressant and many times when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty. It is important that we develop an appetite for water, since a healthy water appetite is important in helping us to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Our bodies require a certain amount of water to perform at its best. Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, since water is calorie free and can replace high-calorie drinks like soda, juice and alcohol. It is also fat free and has no carbs or sugar.If you are pregnant or nursing, an athlete or you work out at the gym, drinking water reduces the stress on your cardiovascular system and improves your performance. Additionally, water reduces your body temperature and makes the whole exercise process safer and more effective.
B. Water and body composition
Almost 2/3 of our body weight is water
Blood is 83% water
Muscles are 75% water
The brain is 74% water
Bone is 22% water
H. Water and muscle development
Water is necessary for energy transformation. Water is the medium in which all energy reactions take place. Therefore, you need to drink a lot of water for health, stamina, fuel, and building muscle. It carries nutrients to your cells and transports waste out of the body. Water basically fills every space in your body and helps form the structures of protein and glycogen. Your fitness and health depends on water don't deprive it.
G. Water is also an important healing tool
Water is good for people with a history of kidney stones. Since water dissolves calcium in the urine, drinking at least 8 glasses daily reduces the risk of stone formation. Drinking water is also valuable in preventing urinary tract infections in both men and for women, flushing impurities out of the system. Even mild dehydration makes you more susceptible to viruses. It is a powerful weapon in the war on colds and other illnesses. When your body is hydrated, drainage from allergies and colds doesn't stick and collect in your throat and lungs, and your cough is more "productive". Even cold sores that appear on the lips are minimized by drinking water because those eruptions tend to favor dry areas on the body..
I. Warning Signs of Dehydration
1. Sore throat, dry cough, and a hoarse
voice are all signs of dehydration
2. Check your urine. It should be odorless
and relatively clear. If it's golden or deep
color with a strong odor you're
dehydrated and you need more water.
3. A burning sensation in your stomach can
be a sign of dehydration
4. Muscle cramps may also be a sign of
7. Dry skin
8. Cold feet and hands
J. Tips for drinking water
1. When you wake up in the morning your body is naturally dehydrated. Your liver
has been working all night filtering the toxins out of your body, flush away these
toxins with a glass of water.
2. If you are cold, drink warm water instead of dehydrating coffee & tea.
3. Don't wait until you're thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you
4. Set your watch to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water and keep
a bottle of water with you at all times or use the computer to set a periodic
5. If you normally drink soda, coffee, tea, or an alcoholic beverage get a glass of
6. Instead of spending a fortune on bottled water, invest in a filter for your home.
Your tab water will taste like bottled water but will cost far less.
7. Exercising can help make you want to drink water more. You don't want to drink
sports drinks like Gatorade when you exercise, just have some water. When you
are exercising have some water a few hours ahead of time and during and
after exercise as well.
8. Keep track of your new habit, and log the information if necessary.
In JAMAICA there are two mayor sources of drinking water: surface water and groundwater.
• Surface water comes from lakes, reservoirs, and rivers.
• Ground water comes from wells that the NWC drills into aquifers.
• An aquifer is an underground geologic formation through which water flows slowly. More than 60% of
Jamaica’s water supply is from underground sources.
Jamaica's water quality standards are monitored by the Ministry of Health and are in keeping with international guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Jamaica's water quality is rated as being among the best in the world, and many cruise vessels collect water ONLY IN JAMAICA while on voyages in the region.
Jamaica is one of very few countries where the water can regularly be drunk straight from the tap.
In addition to the treatment being done at treatment plants, daily water samples from across the island are collected by the NWC and tested at its two laboratories.
This further ensures the quality of the water being supplied.For more information about your water quality please view this link http://www.nwcjamaica.com/FAQs