- Brain 95%
- Blood 82%
- Lungs 85%
- Muscles 75%
- Reduced headaches and dizziness
- Keeps skin healthy
- Removes toxins and waste products from our body
- Increases our mental and physical performance
- Improves our energy
- Supports weight loss
- Supports proper digestion
Drinks containing caffeine such as coffee, tea and cola prompt our body to lose water I.e. Caffeine acts as a diuretic. But the drinks that cause our body to lose the most fluids are those containing alcohol.
So if we get dehydrated why don't we drink more. For many of us, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. You may not be as hungry as you think. This can lead to excess weight gain because we eat when we don't need to. In a normal person, the thirst mechanism is activated when our body has lost between 1 % and 2 % of our body's water. If we have a 2 % drop in body water it can result in fuzzy short term memory, and difficulty concentrating.
We need to develop a regular habit of drinking clean water. This will help our body to identify the thirst as a need for water not food. Be careful not to confuse fluids with water. Coffee, tea, softdrinks, alcohol and other drinks are not as beneficial as clean water.
Many studies have shown that in developed Western countries there is not much difference between bottled and tap water in some of the measures of clean water. This doesn't mean we should give up bottled water and rely on tap water which is many times cheaper. Tap water contains chlorine and chlorine is a dangerous carcinogen. Bottled water provides consistency in composition, without chlorine, and may be safer in areas where consistently uncontaminated water is not available. Bottles used for bottled water are nearly always made of plastic with all the attendant health risks. Domestic filtration systems can provide us with uncontaminated water free of toxins.