Expert Commentary: Dr. Micozzi, M.D. May 4, 2009

Water, water, everywhere… oceans, river, lakes, rain, snow… but in general, there is simply not enough in our bodies. Overall, the population is dehydrated.We are told that we should be drinking 8 to 10 glasses of H20 a day. But realistically who does that? So part of my agenda is to create a popular groundswell for drinking more water. It’s a simple, inexpensive way (you don’t have to buy premium bottled water) to support good health, prevent disease and fill fit throughout our lives.

So let’s start with our motivation – the intellectual reasons we should drink more water. Here are just a few.It ‘s a great way to lose weight. Drinking water can satiate any number of cravings. Next time you find yourself reaching for that indulgent snack, try drinking a glass of water first. You may feel full and refreshed with zero calories.

It’s a simple energy booster. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms. Try a glass of water or two and you may be surprised how quickly you will feel better – with no extra calories.Water protects your heart. According to one study by reported in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology, drinking 5 glasses of water a day may reduce the risk of a heart attack.

Water cures headaches. There are many reasons we get headaches. But dehydration is a common one. Next time you have a headache, you may want to try a glass or two of water before you take the aspirin.Water is an important cleanser, clearing the body naturally of toxins and wastes. It supports digestion, improving the absorption of the healthy food and helps keep you regular. Constipation may also be a sign of dehydration.

Water is an important component of good skin. Chapped lips, dry, scaly skin all can be symptoms of dehydration. Drinking good amounts of pure water may make you look younger and more beautiful.

Water may also reduce the risks of other serious diseases, such as colon cancer and is important in the management of chronic problems, such as diabetes. 

So this is just the beginning of the story – the tip of the iceberg, as it were. I’ll be exploring the importance of water in terms of our health in future blogs. After all, we all learned in school our bodies are at least 55 to 60% water. But what does that mean? What portion of blood, muscles, bones are made up of water? What happens when we our internal water level falls below its optimal level? And how to maintain good  health through good hydration.

 

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