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Are you drinking enough water? - Sunday, March 8th, 2015 1:29 am

Water is essential for life in the human body. For example, you can last weeks without food, but only days without water. Look at nature and you will see, the more water there is, the more life there is. Compare a rainforest (where most of the world’s life lives) to a desert. for example...

The same as water runs through rivers and flows within oceans in nature, it also flows through your own veins, forming the basis for blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration. It is also contained in muscle, fat and bones. Like nature, it is constantly flowing and never static (your body doesn’t store water) and this is just as well – have you ever seen what happens to a pool of stagnant water over time? Like everything in health, it is to do with a flow.

The body is made up of 55-75 per cent water (about the same as the earth) and within this flow or energy exchange, you are gaining and depleting yourself of it daily (most mature adults lose about 2.5–3 litres of water per day). You need to constantly replenish stocks or life can break down pretty quickly. Dehydration can cause the body and all it’s systems to break down right down at basic cellular level, creating an environment for dysfunction, disease, injury, even death, as there is no water to help the kidney’s get rid of waste. Your intestines will not absorb vitamins and minerals if they are not moist, neither will your bowels be able to pass waste (all the unwanted by-products of breathing, eating and metabolic life). Your muscles, joints and bones will also become easier to break under force if not lubricated by water (the reason behind most injuries is dehydration). Hydration is also a huge part of performance. By the time you're thirsty, you've experienced 2-3% dehydration. But before this (at a mere 1% dehydration), mental performance and physical coordination is impaired.

All good performances are fluid and there is no better physical metaphor for fluidity than water, in everything. Often, feelings of hunger in the body are in fact, signs of dehydration. So before reaching for sugar, reach for water first. There is a lot of confusion on how much to drink, with a lot of mis-guided information. Drink a minimum of 0.03 times your body weight (in kg’s) of water a day. Remember, you are not made up of 30% water, 30% coffee, 15% beer, 10% gatorade and 15% soda drinks. When it comes to hydration, water is the purest source.

 

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Knowledge needs to be accompanied with daily action and discipline to acheive long term health, happiness and high performance.

Here are some things to focus on... daily!

1. Meditate (meditation clears the mind of clutter, develops focus and awareness, as well as healing via a calming of the nervous system.

2. Contemplate: Take the time every day to contemplate the direction of your life and how you could move foward in a more harmonious way

3. Exericse: Move with awarness of correct posture and enjoyment, every day! 

4. Hydrate: Drink 0.03 times your body weight a day (in kg's) as a minimum to help the body process toxins and function at an optimum

5. Trust your feelings: Feel first, do second. This means you are not running on auto pilot devoid of feeling and awareness of what you are getting into.