The Foundation to Youth and Good Health is Water
- by Dr. Guy

The quantity and quality of water we drink has a dramatic impact on our health! The human body is a water machine, desinged primarily to run on water and minerals. Every life-giving and healing process that happens inside our body happens with water. The human body is made up of over 70% water. Our blood is more than 80% water, the brain is over 75% water and the liver is an amazing 96% water!!!

The function of every cell in our body is controlled by electrical signals sent thorugh our nervous system from the brain. Our nerves, in reality, are an elaborate system of tiny waterways. If the fluid inside our nerves thickens due to dehydration, or is contaminated with synthetic chemicals or toxic heavy metals like lead, the vital signals can get distorted.

What does water do for us?

Increases energy - Our energy level is greatly affected by the amount of water we drink. It has been shown through research that just a 5% drop in body fluids will cause a 25% to 30% loss of energy - lack of water is the #1 cause of fatigue.

Detoxification - This is a very important component to long term health... and one that relies almost exclusively on an adequate intake of good water. The quality of water we drink is equally as important as the amount. If water already contains chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals, it has less of an ability to carry toxins out of our body.

Aids in rebuilding the spine!!! - Lack of water will cause muscles to tighten greatly, causing bones to get pulled out of alignment in the spine! H2O is paramount in keeping muscles loose - aiding in the health of the spine which so importantly protects the nervous system of the body.

Helps with weight loss - Water is calorie free and makes you feel fuller so you don't eat as much. Also, many times when you feel hungry, it is actually thirst that you are feeling - try drinking water when you're hungry and you may realize the hunger goes away!

How much water should I drink?


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As a good rule of thumb for estimating the amount of water you need on a daily basis is to take your body weight and divide it by two - that's how many ounces of pure water (not tea, soda, kool-aid, milk, coffee, etc.) you need every day. For instanace, a 200 lb. person would require 100 ounces per day. Also, for every cup of coffee you have (or any other caffeinated beverage) or serving of alcohol, you need to add an ounce of water for each ounce of caffeine or alcohol to offset the diuretic effect they have. So, for an 8 ounce cup of coffee, add an additional 8 ounces of water. Also, add 10 ounces of water per day for an exercise regimen of 3 times per week or more. So, if that 200 lb. person has 1 cup of coffee daily and works out a minimum of 3 times a week, they should ideally consume 118 ounces of water per day.

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