Why Water?

Source: Ben Ong 's email
Everyone says that we should drink enough
water, but why?

It is very easy to forget to keep up your
water intake with all that is going on at
this time of year and it is often the
last thing that you think of doing - you
need to make a real effort to keep up your

The body is roughly made up of 2/3 water.
The brain is made of 90% water, blood 83%,
muscle and soft tissue 75% water and even
bone is made up of 22% water.

Lack of water inhibits our ability to
function efficiently. Athletes are always
told to stay hydrated so that their
performance does not suffer. If we are
moderately dehydrated we end up with
headaches, constipation, Muscle cramps,
kidney problems, irregular blood pressure
and dry skin.

The benefits of water are numerous. It
helps regulate our body temperature,
protects and moisturises our joints as
well as moisturising the air in our lungs,
aids detoxification, protects our vital
organs including the prostate as well as
helping them absorb nutrients more

Very often I find that men who have
difficulty to pass urine or wake up at
night because of a need to pass urine,
try to solve their problem by drinking
less. That is actually counter-productive.
In fact, you should drink lots of mineral
or purified water during the day but not
after 6 PM. Of course, if you wish to
have the full benefit, this has to also
be done in the context of eating the
right food, not eating the wrong food,
and taking my supplement total health for
the prostate.

There is also an added benefit that as
water protects the cells of the body and
prevents the bad cholesterol sticking to
them and consequently helps lower the
bad cholesterol levels.

You can check the level of hydration by
checking the following:

• Urine - this is pale yellow when
hydrated. If it is dark or smells strongly
then more water is needed.

• Dry skin- Skin is the largest
organ of the body and requires its share
of water to stay moist.

• Thirst- If you are thirsty you
are already de-hydrated. Try to drink
before you are thirsty.

• Hunger- This does not always
mean that you are hungry. Often it is
an indicator that you are dehydrated.
So have a glass of water BEFORE a meal.
This way you do not lose the nutritional
value of the food you are eating by
washing it down!

• Fatigue- Water is a source of
energy so it provides a boost to your
energy levels.

Here are the top 11 Health Benefits of
Drinking Water

1. Weight loss: It flushes the body
of the by-products of fat breakdown.
It reduces hunger. It has zero calories.

2. Reducing headaches: The most common
cause of Headaches and Back pain is
dehydration. So water helps to resolve
this issue

3. Look younger with healthier skin:
Water hydrates the skin tissue so the
moisture and elasticity of the skin is
improved making you look younger.

4. Better productivity at work: As
the brain is 90% water hydration helps
you to think more clearly, remain alert
and concentrate for longer.

5. Better exercise: Water helps
regulate your body temperature so you
will feel more energetic. It also
fuels the muscle cells

6. Helps in Digestion and
Drinking water helps raise your
metabolism as it helps digestion.
Water and Fibre are good partners
and aid your daily bowel movement.

7. Less Cramps and Sprains:
Good hydration keeps the muscles and
joints lubricated preventing cramps
and sprains.

8. Wellness: Correct hydration
helps in the fight against flu, kidney
stones, heart problems, gout. and it
aids our immune system.

9. Relives Fatigue: If your blood
is not hydrated then the heart has
to work faster to pump it around the
body. The kidneys also suffer as
they are not able to remove the
toxins as easily. Consequently you
will feel tired and the gout sufferer
will have more chance of developing
a full-blown attack.

10. Mood Enhancer: Hydration helps
your body feel good and you will then
feel happy

11. Reduce the Risk of Cancer:
Some studies have shown that
hydration may reduce the risk of
cancers, such as colon, prostate and
bladder cancer. This is because the
water dilutes the concentration of
toxins in all the digestive and
sexual organs.

2.75 litres of water per day is the
standard to aim for. Obviously there
are factors to consider. For example,
extremes of heat, exercise and so on.
You lose water through sweating,
urination, and exhaling breath. In
hot weather you lose more water
through sweating but in the cold
more is lost in urination. Very apt
for our present weather conditions!
When you are ill, such as with flu
or diarrhoea, you lose more fluid.
Weight also plays a significant role
as the heavier you are the more
fluid is needed for the muscles,
organs and bone.

The general rule of thumb about how
much you should drink is that you
drink as many ounces as there are
in half your body weight, in pounds.
Eg. If you weigh 160 pounds then
half of that is 80 pounds so you
should be drinking 80 ounces
(2.5 litres) of water per day.

It is best to drink little and often
spreading the water intake throughout
the day. Try and keep an eye on how
much you drink by either drinking a
10oz glass every hour for 8 hours or
by filling and empty 1 litre bottle
with water and drinking that before
lunch. Refill the bottle and drink
another litre in the afternoon.

Obviously, if you are exercising then
more water is required so drink a
couple of small glasses about hour
before and keep sipping water
throughout out the exercise period.
People often worry about the
increased need for urination. This
phase does pass once the kidneys get
used to the extra hydration.