A remote pristine landscape in Central Australia. Beautiful!
Not another human in sight!
I’m sitting under a large tree, weathered by the elements in a harsh but beautiful landscape.
I am barely metres from the boundary of the famous Finke Gorge National Park.
It is a hot November morning around 9am. A slight breeze rustles the leaves of “my tree”. But there’s just one problem.
I’m working as an environmental engineer in the oil and gas industry and I’ve been separated from my team while doing a fauna study.
I have ½ orange and 1 litre of water and I’m more than 15 kilometres (9+ miles) from the closest building. And that isn’t along a well-paved footpath, it’s over rugged terrain.
My rational mind starts making calculations and I realise that if I have to make it back alone that I don’t have enough water.
My head starts spinning – I don’t have enough water!
Why do we need water to survive?
When we get back to the basics of human survival, drinking water is as basic as it gets. If we don’t have enough water, we die. And if we don’t drink enough water, our body suffers.
Every system in the human body relies on adequate amounts of water to function. Our body needs water to remove toxins from our detox organs and to carry nutrients to our cells.
At birth, the body weight of a newborn infant is as much as 75% water. This is new life – straight from the nourishing birthplace – the safety of the womb. For most men and women, water makes up between 50% and 70% of our total body weight[i]. For our body to function in good working order, we need to maintain those percentages, to keep that balance.
Bottom line, we cannot have good health unless we drink water. Good quality drinking water.
How can you tell you’re not drinking enough water?
So what happens when you don’t drink enough water? It’s a hot day, but there’s lots to do. Groceries to buy, new school shoes for the kids, an appointment or two throughout the day.
You’re in and out of shopping centres and air-conditioning. Your mouth is dry and you realise you’ve got a headache. It gets to lunchtime and you realise you are super tired and you’re having trouble concentrating on what you need to do next. “What’s wrong with me?” you ask. You’ve got SO much to do!
You are showing classic symptoms of dehydration. Dry mouth, headaches, tiredness and lack of concentration are all signs of mild to moderate dehydration. After working in industry for many years, I personally think the most practical indicator that you are dehydrated is that your urine is a darker colour. That’s your body telling you it’s time to re-hydrate – time to give your body what it needs to function.
Because of our hot climate, dehydration is a real issue for most Australians. And I find it disturbing that so many people experience the symptoms of dehydration, given that we are live in a developed country with adequate water supplies.
So how much water is enough?
Most of us don’t drink enough water. Any water. But especially good quality drinking water.
According to the Institute of Medicine, the average requirements for men is roughly 3 litres (13 cups) and for women 2.2 litres (9 cups) in total beverages[ii].
For those who want to experience good health, this guideline is a great place to start.
3 Tips to ensure you are drinking enough water
If you regularly experience headaches, tiredness and problems with concentration, you may simply be dehydrated. By following these 3 tips, you may notice a significant improvement in how you are feeling.
1. Make it easy to drink water
By placing a water jug and a glass on your desk while you are working or at your place of work, you are giving yourself a constant reminder to drink more regularly.
2. Drink water with each meal
Drinking water with a meal is a great way of ensuring you are re-hydrating at a rate that is good for your body. And it will assist your digestion.
3. Take a glass of water to bed with you
Before you go to bed, place a large glass of water on your bedside table. That way, if you wake through the night and you are thirsty, it is there right next to you and you can take a drink. Remember if you live in a hotter climate or if you sleep in an air-conditioned room, you will be dehydrating at a faster rate so you may need to drink more water to account for these factors.
Drinking enough water in our busy, hi-tech lives can be a challenge. As the primary practitioner at Living Balance Centre, I recommend that all my clients drink the recommended amounts of filtered water each day – both to assist the body in releasing toxins after a bioresonance therapy or emotional (chakra) balancing session and to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
If you would like to ensure you are drinking good quality water and are interested in finding out more, we stock water filtration systems with multiple levels of filtration that remove all the nasties that can be present in our tap water. If these are not shown on our site, please contact us for more information.
[i] Royal Society of Chemistry: Why do we need to drink water? http://www.rsc.org/get-involved/hot-topics/drinking-water/why-need-water.asp