How is it possible to not like water? We are made of it! A human’s body mass is made up of 60—70% water! This percentage depends on factors such as your age, health, sex and weight.
In today’s society, sodas, juice and other beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are consumed in large quantities. For some water is not the priority beverage of choice. Some people feel water is boring, bland, not what they want or they have had a trauma that has caused the aversion to water. Many people convince themselves they don’t like it and/or don’t need it because they are drinking other beverages. These people do not realize that not having enough water is having an impact on their health and their body.
“The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.
Each day a person must consume a certain amount of water to survive. Generally, an adult male needs about 3 liters per day while an adult female requires about 2.2 liters per day. Some of this water is ingested through food.
Water serves a number of essential functions to keep our body working properly. Listed below are only a few roles of why water is necessary for our bodies.
- A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material.
- It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration.
- The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream.
- It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination.
- Acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus
- Forms saliva
- Lubricates joints
Generally, as a therapist, I am aware of my own water consumption, as I must practise what I preach. This week I found myself sitting across from another practitioner and her first comment after not seeing me for quite some time was “Why are you so dehydrated?” She immediately gave me a large glass of water. I drank it and realized I was thirsty. I immediately checked in with myself and thought, “You are right, I am dehydrated. While being on holidays I consumed way more coffee in the past two weeks then I have had in months.” This made me realize that I need to make a few changes.
I also realized I needed to make “Water” the topic of my October newsletter. I generally wait to be inspired by an event, topic, and/or experience and then incorporate that awareness into my newsletter.
The Gurgle Pot
This gurgling fish is my new favourite water jug. I have seen them before and admired them. While on holiday in Nova Scotia I found a gurgle jug and bought it!
Pouring water from the fish just adds to the experience of enjoying a glass of water. Wait for it…Wait for it… and there it is! The Gurgle! It makes my laugh on the inside and smile on the outside each time I pour my glass of water. The greatest gurgles come out and sometimes a little back-splash, but it is only water, nothing to stress over.
If you are finding that you, your children, husband, wife etc. struggle with getting enough water, then having the gurgle jug makes drinking water more engaging. Sometimes it is just about the container from which the water comes from. The jug is such a creative and fun alternative to the ordinary water jug, as well as it can be a conversation starter. The end goal is not about the jog, but about getting adequate amounts of water into our bodies and our loved ones, whether the water is at room temperature, hot water or refrigerated to preference.
I can’t tell you how many people come through my door and their body feels dehydrated.
I will ask about water consumption. “How did you start your day off today?” They will respond, “Oh, coffee of course.”
Extra Large, Grand, Venti. You name it and people are drinking it. For some that will be all that they consume until lunchtime.
Make the conscious decision and begin your day by loving your body. Drink the cleanest, purest water you have access to. Your body will thank you. Become aware of how much water you are consuming each day. Ask yourself, “Am I getting enough water?”
Kate's Side note:
While I composed this portion of my newsletter I had the gurgle pot right beside me. I realized over the afternoon I consumed more water that day. I like to keep my jug in sight, so it reminds me to drink water.