Healing Benefits of Drinking Water

 

 

Have you ever gone to a natural spring? If you have, and you have tasted the water, then you know just how wonderful that experience is. I can tell you from my own personal experience that pure, natural spring water is the most incredible water you will ever taste. My husband Dave and I regular visit our local spring. We collect spring water to take home with us. We dip our feet in the little pool created at the base of the sping. We run our hands through it and splash the cool fresh water on our faces. Oh, yes! I can tell you it is, indeed, one of the most wonderful experiences you’ll ever have.

Despite it’s common name, our spring is locally referred to as either “The Healing Spring” or “The Sacred Spring”. We have met many wonderful people during our visits to the spring and have been told stories about it’s history. One of those stories is that the Native American’s that once lived in this area considered the many springs here as sacred because of the waters healing and symbolic qualities. Interestingly enough, Native Americans are not the only culture that highly value water for the same reasons. Without a doubt, water truly is the elixir of life for every human being.

SIX AMAZING HEALING BENEFITS OF WATER:

1. Water is Cleansing and Purifying
Water helps to cleanse and purify the body. Our body and our digestive system is constantly at battle protecting our body from toxins. When you don’t eat properly, your digestive system and your organs get overworked. Going even  for just one day drinking only water or herbal teas gives the digestive system a much needed break and allows the body to purge out excess toxins that have built up in your system.
2.Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids
Your body is composed of about 70% water. Water is an important  piece of the puzzle that is needed for our body to function including digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Your brain communicates with your kidneys through the posterior pituitary gland and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves. When your body is  low on fluids, the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. It’s important to listen to your body’s cues and drink plenty of water.
3.Water Helps Energize Muscles
When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluid it leads to muscle fatigue. Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
4.Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.
Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. When you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.”
5.Water Helps Your Kidneys.
Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins. Adequate hydration is important to keep the kidneys functioning properly. When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function.
Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.

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