Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Water Vs. Soda - A Battle Worth Fighting

Summer is now upon us, and with the rising temperatures and humidity that summer brings, who wouldn't love an ice cold Pepsi?  Imagine it:  You are at a family outing and beads of sweat are starting to form.  All of the delights are there - fresh corn, crabs, shrimp, pasta salad, green beans, macaroni and cheese, ribs, you name it, it's there for you to indulge in.   

You're fixing your plate, but you are really starting to wilt.  All you need to compliment your plate is something to drink.  You reach down into a well-stocked cooler and there is your choice of Pepsi, Heineken, ginger ale, Corona, water, grape soda, and orange soda... 

Decisions, decsions, decisions! 

I mean, a cookout experience wouldn't be right if you didn't enjoy a Pepsi, right?  Not necessarily. 

Oh, I know.  You're thinking about one right now. Its hourglass bottle. The dark, bubbly goodness... aren't you?  You're waiting to experience the brown, sugary sweetness, the frothy peak at the bottle's neck...

An occasional soda won't cause much damage to you, but did you stop to ask your vital organs what they "thought"? 

A sedentary human body needs at least 1 gallon of water per day in order to function properly.  If you exercise, you need at least double that amount.  The human body needs water in the same way that a vehicle needs oil.  Without water, your organs won't function at their fullest potential. 

Take a moment to concentrate on your body parts and how you use them on a daily basis:

The Human Brain

Your brain needs 74.5% water to function at its fullest capacity.  Have you been forgetful lately?  Are you failing to focus at various times during the day?  Are you experiencing headaches and eye fatigue?  Is your equilibrium "off"?  Your brain may be...ehem, "dry".

Blood

Your blood is made up of 83% water, and without it, your body is circulating blood that has not been purified.  Women of child-bearing years who still have menstrual cycles are especially affected, as the female reproductive system releases the unfertilized ovum, which is essentially waste matter.  Water helps aid this process by "flushing the system".

Your Kidneys

One part of your body's filtration system, the kidneys serve as a vital part of your internal cleanliness.  Without the 83% of water they need to function, you can be assured of the potential for urinary tract and kidney infections.  Have you ever heard of someone who had the displeasure of passing kidney stones?  It has been said that the pain is the equivalent of childbirth. 

Your Liver

The liver has multiple functions, but its primary function within the digestive system is to process the nutrients absorbed from the small intestine.  Bile from the liver secreted in the small intestine also is a major role in digesting fat.  A major part of your body's filtration system, your liver needs 86% of water to fully detoxify your body.  Your liver literally acts as your body's own version of Brita.  It will "catch" potentially harmful chemicals in your body.

Muscles

Your muscles need 76% of water to actively move without injury.  Muscles are active tissue that are controlled by nerves.  The electrical stimulation of these nerves and contraction of  of muscles are the result of of the exchange of electrolyte minerals dissolved in water.  Have you ever reached for something, and then hours later felt like you "pulled" or over-exerted your muscle?  Have you ever gone dancing, got your sweat on, and then suddenly tapped out?  All of that Wobbling and Cupid Shuffling with dry muscles will leave you feeling like you've been hit with a Mack truck the next day!

Bones

Your bones need 22% of water to properly carry the vitamins and minerals found in your foods to the bones to keep them strong.  If you have ever had the misfortune of experiencing a broken bone, you may hear your doctor advise a diet rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C, D, K, and phosphorus (found in meats and dairy) to rebuild and strengthen the bones.  Without water, your body won't totally reap the benefits that they provide.

Fat

There is bad fat and there is good fat.  Can you believe that?  It's true, and your body needs at least 20% of water to support the good fat that is in your system.  Good fat supports our facial features, gives us women our curves that make the brother's heads turn, but primarily, it releases hormones that control metabolism.  It also stores excess calories in a safe way so you can mobilize the fat stores when you are hungry.  Without water, the likelihood of weight gain is high.  Your body's rate of metabolism will greatly diminish, as that much needed hormone will release at slower rate.  If you have ever gained weight, think about how much water you drank as you were gaining.  Do you see a connection?

Skin

The skin is the largest organ on your body, and it needs at least 70% or more to fully function at its best.  If you aren't getting enough water intake, your skin will become dry, tight, and flaky, and (gasp!)....ashy. 

There is an old saying:  "Black Don't Crack".  Well friends, that is partially true.  Although the melanin in black skin makes us beautiful, and gives us the ability to appear youthful much longer than our causasian brothers and sisters, black DOES crack if we don't treat it properly. 

We were raised as kids to rub on that Vaseline.  Can you remember your mama slathering it all across your face when you went outside?  Cocoa butter was our friend then, and shea butter is now.  However, if we are using these God-sent treasures without drinking water, then we are defeating the purpose.  Drinking water will enhance the longevity of our skin's moisture and prolong the effects that our beloved skin lubricants delivers.

Connective Tissue

The human body is so vast and complex.  Many of the body's vital systems, cellular, circulatory, nervous, lymphatic, and, well, you get the picture, work in sync by connective tissue.  The body needs at least 60% of water so that your body's internal systems can function as they should.  Now, far be it for me to get so deep into it that I channel House or Doogie Howser, but you get my drift.  In short, see each system as a link in a chain.  If one link is broken or weakened, then chances are there will be a domino effect.


So, there you have it!  The next time you reach for a soda, ask yourself how much water you drank that day.  If you haven't had the recommended amount of water, or haven't had enough water, rethink your choice.  Your body will thank you for it!

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