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Lack of Water Cause Obesity and Disease

Updated on March 20, 2012

Water Is 2/3's our Body Mass and Important to Our Health


The problem for many of us, we satisfy our thirst with too many processed beverage drinks and foods which become toxic to our bodies which consequently add body fat. Without proper daily water hydration the body stores more toxins and fats for lack of water that would otherwise optimize the metabolic process. Without enough water in the body, the body’s filters (lungs, kidney, liver and intestines) also strain to do their job while weight is slowly added to the body.

Proper water hydration within our bodies provides the following health benefits: carries the nutrients necessary to optimize our metabolisms at the cellular level, lubricates our joints, assists throughout the digestive process, removes toxins from vital organs and maintains a moist environment for our eyes, ears, nose, throat and lungs. Water then rehydrates us after we urinate, have bowel movements, evaporate water through breathing and perspiring in keeping our body temperature regulated. And water is also needed to absorb and burn (metabolize) the foods we put in our bodies.

The daily average hydration consensus from the experts appears to be: drink 8, 8oz glasses of water/day (1.9 liters). This recommendation by the Institute of Medicine for example is not supported by hard scientific data. Instead, this standard is based on a few profile variables: that one exercises at least 20 minutes/day and the individual weighs about 150lbs and lives in fairly mild to cool temps throughout the year. Now when looking outside of this average profile and at a young metabolism, the kidney functions are capable of handling up to 6 gallons of water a day. For example, athlete’s that work very hard during training can exceed this volume daily, especially during hot summer months. I make mention of this because age and work intensity play a vital role in determining proper hydration needs.

To meet my hydration needs, I stick to the old rule of thumb: drink more water in a day when thirsty and forego convenience/processed drinks. It is also practical to monitor your urine color to note your body is adequately hydrated when working hard. If it’s too yellow, drink more water. If clear, the body is well hydrated. My goal is to drink no less than 8-8oz glasses of water a day. One thing you’ll want to be aware; beer or any other beverage is not a substitute for water. Your body still needs adequate water for all types of metabolic body functions throughout the day and especially if you work hard for a living. A good example of a painful medical condition for lack of water is often seen in hard working adults that experience kidney stones. This is a health risk that roofers may experience when consuming too many sodas and not enough water through a hot roofing season.

Proper hydration is important to balance our body’s requirement to remove toxins from our bodies, balanced electrolytes, regenerate and repair cell tissue, maintains our bodies at 98.6 degrees, and encourages weight, or fat loss while alleviating pain on weight bearing joints. Good water hydration practices are one of those anti-aging variables that our bodies skin tissues, metabolism, organs and glands need to provide us a youthful appearance and energetic spirit. And there are countless other benefits water has on overall good health but too numerous to list. The point is, adequate hydration is very important in maintaining our lean mean encompassing being.

So remember, to reap the longevity and healthy weight benefits by drinking at least 8 glasses of 8oz water a day. This recommendation represents the ideal, if you don’t get enough water in a day and most of your water comes from the foods and beverages drinks you consume daily, you’re going to have increased health risks throughout the aging process while you gain weight and will likely become diabetic. Weight gain may present itself “at first, when young” with few problems, but then through the aging process if behaviors and habits don’t change, chronic insidious disease often becomes problematic.

Three common ill-health problems that many of us are all too familiar and concerned about is unhealthy weight gain, obesity and diabetes. However most are not aware that the lack of daily water consumption is a common denominator in helping to mitigate these problems.

Yes, too many of our adult population and now our kids consume too much sugar based drinks, desserts, “junk” processed/fatty foods and drink too little water in a day. And unfortunately, your body will win in its demand to meet those 8 glasses of water. And how does it do this if you don’t drink enough water in a day? Your body’s digestive system will extract it out of the processed foods and beverages you consume to get the water hydration it requires while it sifts through a lot of toxins; causing your body to gain more weight in doing so. You see, often our brains confuses hydration needs with hunger. When you feel hungry, try drinking a full glass of water, wait a few minutes and then see if you still feel hungry.

Unfortunately, when you consume processed drink and foods to meet your hydration needs, your body then also becomes a toxic filter! And when your filters become less efficient then you begin to get sick as you gain weight! And this is one of those “connecting of the dots” that many don’t understand. And for lack of this understanding is greatly responsible for the increase of childhood obesity, Type 2 adult onset diabetes and weight bearing joint pain caused from being overweight. Once you acquire these ill-health conditions, many more acute and chronic symptoms occur and then complicated through prescription use to offset and alleviate the symptoms through the medical establishment.

The best advice I could give you if you have a weight problem or have become grossly obese, achy joints, or simply don’t feel well most days. Drink at least 8 glasses of water/day. Eat more organic types of foods. And work toward achieving a 20-30 minute fitness routine in the day. I’ve provided other fitness and weight loss article links to help you in your quest in becoming more fit-healthy. I’m hopeful these articles will be of help to you, a friend, or family member. I’m wishing you and your family nothing but happiness, success and good health throughout your life.


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    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I was not aware of the relationship between hydration and premature labor contractions. Thanks for sharing your insight to all that stop by and others through sharing this hub.

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      Marc Woodard 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      A very powerful health story you shared. Thanks for sharing and passing on the importance of water hydration.

    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I'd like to thank Mary615 and Hyphenbird for your positive comments and sharing the importance of proper water hydration and how it has a positive impact on one's overall health. Through sharing we can help alleviate unnecessary pain that need not be.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thank you. I am forever preaching the health benefits of water to friends and family. I became aware of how important water is when my daughter went into premature labor and the reason was dehydration. It actually causes contractions that can spin a pregnant woman into labor. I am going to share this article.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      After loosing a kidney because of stones, I am now a firm believer in drinking lots of water (I wrote a Hub about that). I wish I had always consumed water like I should have.

      Good info here! I voted it UP, and will share.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Good informative hub. Voting up

    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Coffee, my one vice, I'm with you on that;] Thank you for the positive comments

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      You make a great case for proper hydration. It easy to become lax about drinking enough water, especially when there are so many other drinks available. I've switched from soda and other drinks to plain water, and it does make a difference. Can't give up my coffee, though! :)

      Voted up and useful!

    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I couldn't agree more. I do note when mindful; and practising this type of daily water consumption, the body definitely feels better and the fitness workouts are more productive. Thanks for the supporting feedback.

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I voted this up because you provided interesting and useful information about your subject. I think a lot of people are dehydrated and aren't aware they are. I agree it's very important we consume water instead of other liquid drinks because it's the best source for our bodies. Thanks for this hub.


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