Juice and coffee count towards my water intake. Don’t they?

You are primarily comprised of water, and therefore your daily water consumption is vital to your health.  Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water.  Your blood is comprised of mostly water, as are your muscles, lungs, and brain.  Water also plays a primary role in regulating body temperature, transporting oxygen to your cells, removing waste, and providing the means for which nutrients travel to your organs.  Don’t forget the fact that it provides protection for your joints and organs as well.
The practices of modern day society have resulted in the misguided thinking that coffee, tea, manufactured beverages, juices, and even alcohol are acceptable substitutes for water.  This is not the case!  Not all beverages are created equal, my friends.  While these beverages do contain water, they also contain dehydrating agents that counteract the effects of drinking water.  Furthermore, by drinking these beverages you lose the urge to drink water.  The effect: a self-imposed state of dehydration.
Drinking water helps maintain a healthy ph level in our bodies.  The ph scale ranges from 1-14, with 7 indicating a neutral ph balance.  Anything below 7 indicates an acidic balance, which promotes illness and disease ranging from the common cold to cancer.  Drinking anything other than water, especially caffeinated beverages such as coffee, promote an acidic ph balance.  A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces.  For example: if you weigh 140 pounds, your minimum water intake should be 70 ounces daily.
Unfortunately there is more bad news.  Our water, like our food is contaminated.  When you drink a glass of tap water from the kitchen sink, you are ingesting over 700 toxic chemicals, on average.  In fact, you drink about a gallon of pesticides annually.  (I’ll pause while that sinks in.)  This is clearly a major hindrance on your mission to attain a healthy ph balance, and to rid your body of toxic chemicals.  Take care to drink filtered water, only.  Also, do your best to avoid using and, even worse, re-using plastic water bottles.  Ideally, invest in a home water filtration system, which will also save you money in the long term.


*Facts on Water retrieved from Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.

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