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No other nutrient makes more of an impact on health than water.
Life as we know it cannot exist without water. Every biochemical reaction in our cells depends on water. Water is needed to maintain cell structures, enable protein production, and enables all our enzymes to function. It facilitates the flow of nutrients into cells and allows waste to flow out. Every available space in and between cells in the body is aqueous.

The human body is made up of about 70 to 75 percent water. It requires water for proper digestion, transport of nutrients, nutrient metabolism, and elimination of toxins. The brain itself ismade up of about 85 percent water, which it requires for proper cognitive function and memory. The body also uses water to maintain cardiac out put, heart rate and blood pressure.

Most people are aware of the dangers of dehydration produced from diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, diabetes, burns or prolonged lack of fluid intake. Severe dehydration can lead to mental confusion, weakness and possible organ failure. However, many are not aware that they may be suffering from chronic mild dehydration. According to estimates using data from Nationwide Food Consumption Survey, nutritionists determined that chronic mild dehydration affects a significant portion of the U.S. population unknowingly.

As a matter of fact, you may be mildly dehydrated right at this very moment.

We lose water regularly as we breathe, when we sweat, and when we urinate or have a bowel movement.When you feel thirsty, you are generally already at 1 or 2 percent mild dehydration. Even 1 or 2 percent loss of water can impair physiology and performance, so it's important to ensure regular water intake.

Long-term Hazards of Not Drinking Enough Water

Think of the last time you might have had a headache, felt unexplainably tired, orhad no appetite for no apparent reason. At the same time, you might have also felt light headed, had flushed skin, or had dry mouth and eyes. Did you notice your urine was a little darker or had a strong odor? All of these are early signs of mild or moderate dehydration.

You may become mildly or moderately dehydrated simply because of you are not drinking enough water, from lack of thirst or not liking the flavor of your water. Mild dehydration can also result from exercise or heat, which produce sweating, or chronic consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages such as tea, coffee, wine or beer, which can act as diuretics and influence hormones that dehydrate body tissues and the brain.

When the signs of mild dehydration occur, many people ignore them. They often overlook the role of water for optimal health. The body may go on suffering—suffering for what can simply be solved by a tall glass of plain water. Chronic mild dehydration can havelong-term consequences, many of which are not yet entirely understood. What is known is that because water is vital for all cells and organs to function properly, the lack of water may lead to increased susceptibility to cellular damage that can eventually lead to chronic health problems and organ failure.

How to Hydrate for Health

Without a doubt, one of the most important long-term habits that health-conscious people should adopt is making sure they are drinking sufficient water daily. An increasing number of clinicians and health-conscious people have found that three simple steps can help increase a person's intake of healthy waterto supportcellular, digestive, mental, and cardiovascular health.

Step 1: Purify your water

You should only provide your cells with fresh, pure water. Water from the tap of many cities is adequately treated, but may still contain pollutants that are undesirable—not the kind of water you want if you're interested in long-term health.

There are multiple methods of purification, but the most often used process is reverse osmosis filtration, which can remove up to 99 percent of impurities. Distillation, on the other hand, can remove virtually all impurities. Whichever method of filtration you choose, the result will make profound effects on your health long term.

Step 2: Treat water with IsaWATER™ Alkalized Concentrate

Most of us don't realize that the water we drink, even bottled or purified, may be acidic and containimpurities thatmayproduce free radicals.The water is usuallynot appealing to the taste buds and certainly not the best water for your health. Water flavor also influences how much water one drinks daily. If you don't like the water, you won't drink it.

With a quality product such as IsaWATER™ Alkalized Concentrate, you can easily turn purified drinking water into one that supports long-term health. The alkaline concentrate contains a stabilized high-negative Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) that refreshes the flavor of your water and energizes it with electrons to neutralize free radicals.

Step 3: Drink a total eight 8 oz. glasses of purified water daily, one first thing in the morning,and seven more throughout the day.

There is possibly no other more important health habit than dutifully drinkingeightglasses of purified water daily. By doing so, you are properly hydrating your body so it may function optimally and supporting regular elimination of toxins.

You should drink the first glass first thing in the morning. It has an immediate cleansing effect in cells, improves digestive function (needed for breakfast) and helps you avoid symptoms associated with mild dehydration. While you sleep, your body continues working. Upon first waking, most people are already mildly or moderately dehydrated (recall that even 1 or 2percent loss can lead to impaired physiology).

Then, drinkingseven glasses of water throughout theday canhelp make sure you stay adequately hydrated. However, this is not a "one size fits all" guideline. For a truer approach, consider drinking at least half your body weight in ounces daily. Also, consider that exercise or the heat of summer days can potentially increase your need for water.When playing sports or exercising,be sureto drink water every 20 minutes.

Your Health Can Depend onYour Water Intake

The true health implications of inadequate water intake are not all clear. While this critical nutrient is available free or at low cost to most of the population, it does not have any major sources of research funding. It will likely take years of research before more is known about the total effects of chronic mild dehydration. However, it is clear that drinking the right kind and amount of water is truly one of the keys to good health.

For long-term health, make sure you always have drinkable, purified, alkalized high negative ORP water available. There is little risk from maximizing the benefits of this profoundly important nutrient, as it affects every biochemical function and the body as a whole. Your future health will depend on your water intake today. Make sure it's the best water and that you're drinking plenty of it.

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      Dawnkaren wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • Hi Rose
      Thanks for the info, very interesting, and a great reminder to drink more water.  I recently started drinking water with added electrolytes/Ph 9.5, and I can definitely taste the difference.  I prefer it to the Brita filtered water.  I have yet to achieve the recommended 8 glasses though happy

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      Hbrose wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • Very informative. I try to drink water throughout the day, but I know I need to drink more. I’m going to start with a glass first thing in the morning as you suggest, that will help me take in more throughout the rest of the day.  We have filtered water through our frig but I better check and change out the filter more often.  Thanks Rose!


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      Rose Nino wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • Thanks ladies. I didn’t use to be a water drinker AT ALL! So you can imagine how dehydrated I was. It wasn’t until I started nutritional cleansing. I started with 8 glasses, then graduated to 1/2 a gallon and finally to a gallon or more. It’s even much easier now with the IsaWater because it not only makes my water taste awesome, it also helps me crave more water. And I find that keeps me much leaner. It’s the icing on the cake to my quest to the best health ever!  

      Hugz heartheart

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      Hbrose wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • Rose, I’m very interested in IsaWater, I’ll message you to inquire.

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      Laurie Zieber wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • I struggle with this even after proving to myself that I feel so much better when I am hydrated!

      I’m a slow learner, I guess.  Perhaps I’ll print this and post it on my frigerator door!  

      heart Thanks!

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 10, 2010
    • When I think I’m hungry sometimes I discover that I’m actually thirsty. I try to have a glass of water before I reach for a snack. Sometimes I remember and sometimes I don’tfrown

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      Rose Nino wrote Apr 12, 2010
    • Cynthia is right. Most of the time, we think we‘re hungry but it’s really more that we are dehydrated. I always have a glass of water before each meal and after AND if I feel hungry in between, I drink a glass of water and wait 10-15 minutes. Then if I’m still hungry, I eat. I have to admit though, since Isagenix came out with the IsaWater, I automatically crave more water and I love that it helps to bring my body to an alkalize state verses an acidic state. An alkalized body is crucial for good health. Here is some more info if anyone is intersted in the IsaWater.

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