How is drinking water good for you.

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  1. countrysidetours profile image59
    countrysidetoursposted 12 years ago

    Not too long ago I started drinking 20 oz of water as soon as I get up. I dont know why but after that I have to deplete the 20 oz. It sure feels like a flush

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I drink nothing but bottled, DISTILLED water....PURE WATER.
      I began drinking it about 45 yrs ago.
      The body doesn't have to do anything to it, but use it. It is a wonderful cleanser.
      I take my minerals in food and supplements.
      I have been a swimmer and powerlifter since my teens.
      I don't get colds, I've never been seriously sick, my blood pressure, on average, is 115/68, my pulse rate at rest is 60.
      I'm way over 60 and I still compete in the gym, with kids less than half my age.
      I would never drink tap water.
      Distilled water is perfect water.

  2. b. Malin profile image68
    b. Malinposted 12 years ago

    Sounds like a lot of water all at once...why not try an eight ounce glass and carry a water bottle  during the day.  Water is good for your system and your skin.  You need a certain amount so you don't get dehighdrated.  However, too much water can kill (pardon the pun) don't go overboard!

  3. couturepopcafe profile image61
    couturepopcafeposted 12 years ago

    You know the body is comprised of about 70% water (I think, I know the number is high) and the brain is comprised of about 60% water (again, not sure of the exact percentage, am just trying to go off memory).  Water is vital to every function in the body from bowel movements to cell hydration.  But the bladder can only hold a certain amount of water.  If you drink too much at one time, you don't give the body time to assimilate and absorb it so it is released, passing right through.  Doesn't do you much good if it's not absorbed first.

  4. Jaggedfrost profile image61
    Jaggedfrostposted 12 years ago

    Couture, succinct and correct to the last. Nothing to add here.

  5. Craan profile image77
    Craanposted 12 years ago

    Water is the most essential nutrient you can drink. Every cell membrane in the human body is composed of water. It regulates the nutrients going into and out of every cell along with making all organs work more efficiently. A person can't survive more than three days without water! Water is the essence of what life is made of.

  6. schoolgirlforreal profile image80
    schoolgirlforrealposted 12 years ago

    Water helps you in alot of ways. What qwark said was excellent. I'm not familiar w/ distilled water but our water here is good. Bottled water is pretty much tap in a bottle, it's a scam.
    Unless you live where it's dirty or yellow...hmm

    So water is much better for your body than soda or other things. of course milk and some juice etc is good.

    But water cleanses the toxins out of your body, also your body sweats esp while working out and you need to replenish.

    Water is the purest drink you can drink. You should have several glasses a quech your thirst and help your body to digest.......

    We are in a sac of water in our mothers, and swimming is very relaxing

    I'd like to have a water drinking contest, I get very thirsty, see who can drink the fastest like a litre. big_smile

    Yes,,water......soo good esp when cold
    If you hate it drink it anyways
    also my acquaintance only drinks diet soday all day everyday, can you imagine how sick that is? He pees every 20 mins,,,must have something to do w/ it. UGGG!!!

  7. livewithrichard profile image75
    livewithrichardposted 12 years ago

    "How is drinking water good for you?"

    Drinking water helps regulate your body temperature. It helps transport oxygen through your cells.  It helps remove toxins and waste from you body. It helps you keep hydrated after strenuous work and exercise. And since it helps keep you hydrated it protects and moisturizes your skin, keeping it from getting dried and flaky.

  8. gracenotes profile image89
    gracenotesposted 12 years ago

    In my experience, the spine will not function at its best unless you are well hydrated.

  9. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    Like any substance, you can drink too much water--especially if it is distilled water.  But most people will never get close to drinking enough to throw off their osmotic balance.

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      True you can drink too much water.
      Why do you say: "...--especially if it is distilled water.?"
      Water is water.

  10. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    Water without dissolved minerals and solids creates a greater difference in osmotic pressure across the gut lining. So it would take a lesser, but still huge, volume of normal tap water to mess up the gut.

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Malarky!  :-)
      The body does not have to process distilled water.
      Impurities do not have to be removed and processed.
      The kidneys do not have to clean it.
      It does the same thing all water does when ingested, but does it with less stress to the system.
      My body chemistry Dr is a chemical biologist. A "Fellow of American Biochemists."
      He is the one who suggested, many, many years ago that I use distilled water.
      Where are you getting this misinformation?

      1. livewithrichard profile image75
        livewithrichardposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Qwark, are you relying on information you were given 45 years ago? smile Good it's still reliable...

        The way I'm reading this, you are both correct.  Distilled water is better for body metabolism as there are less substances that need cleansing.

        Osmosis is how water travels between cells and the osmotic pressure is the required pressure to stop the flow of water across a cell layer or membrane. Impurities in tap water will effect the osmotic pressure and decrease metabolism.

        I don't know about "messing up the gut" but I do know that drinking too much water, distilled or otherwise, can cause severe cell damage and even result in water poisoning, or intoxication.

        1. qwark profile image60
          qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Yep, I'm living with info that will be true as long as there's water on this earth and humans to consume it.
          You definitely can drink too much water.
          I understood osmosis 50 yrs ago in my hi school biology


          1. brakel2 profile image76
            brakel2posted 12 years agoin reply to this

            I heard that you should drink half your weight in water. Water helps my entire body. It makes my hair better, my skin smooth, and I know that it helps the organs in the body. I drink half of my water from the tap, and half from bottled water. I used to drink mucho diet and regular coke, and have stopped that bad habit. I love water. It loves me.

  11. livewithrichard profile image75
    livewithrichardposted 12 years ago

    smile LOL I'm sure.  The science lesson was for others that may read it.

  12. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    What part of what I said is malarky?  I'd be happy to discuss it on a factual basis.  But if you just want to wave degrees about I have a PhD too.

    Water that is distilled moves into the body more rapidly, but not by much as normal water still only has an osmolality of about 30 (vs. 0).  So a toxic effect will occur a bit quicker with distilled water.

    But, as I said, you'd have to drink crazy amounts for that to happen.  Generally it only occur in cases of massive dehydration and then massive intake--for example with heavily exercised horses.

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Your quote:

      "Like any substance, you can drink too much water--especially if it is distilled water."
      The "--especially if it is distilled water." is the malarky part.

      Regardless of whether it's distilled or tap, you can drink too much water.

      Water is water.
      PS the way "Doc," what is "...normal water?"

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image80
        schoolgirlforrealposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I heard someone died by a water contest
        they may have drunk several gallons......hmm

  13. Jaggedfrost profile image61
    Jaggedfrostposted 12 years ago

    lol If you can drink enough water so as to be deemed too much by any man and not lose water in the same fashion as gentlemen do not speak then perhaps it is true but few I know capable of that.  The worst I heard was men who managed to get drunk before they ended up locked in their bathroom for time out of hand.

  14. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    Well I explained that.  The lower the osmolality of the water the quicker you will get water toxicity because the water infiltrated the body more rapidly.  Pure distilled water has an osmolality of 0, so a toxic dose would be slightly lower than tap water which as an osmolality of about 30 (the body fluids having an osmolality of about 280).

    So, can you be more specific about what part of that you feel is untrue?

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hahaha..Forget it Doc.
      Not worthy of comment.
      But Ty.
      You are right, ya can drink too much water.
      Qwark   :-)

  15. blondepoet profile image64
    blondepoetposted 12 years ago

    I am bad maybe drink one glass of water a day.....gulp.

  16. Beth100 profile image70
    Beth100posted 12 years ago

    Reverse osmosis water is the purest water you can purchase or have on tap.

    Drinking 20 oz of water first thing in the morning will help cleanse your system of toxins that have built up overnight.  Contrary to belief, the water is absorbed, almost immediately.  It helps your internal organs to clean themselves from toxic build up throughout the day.  Water does not take energy to process.  Sugar, carbs, proteins, etc. require energy from your body to process and body includes internal organs.  The more pure water you can provide your body, the more efficient it becomes eliminating wastes that are byproducts of ingestion, regulatory affairs within the body system, breathing and so forth.

    There are numerous studies conducted on water consumption, the rate of consumption and the TYPE of water.  Tap water is fine, but not recommended for high volumes of drinking.  The additives that are found, plus the presence of bacteria/viruses, are not desirable in keeping your body healthy.  Distilled water is not recommended as the distillation process removes certain molecules that are required.  Also, the technique of distillation is important because it can cause health issues.  I believe that silver must be added to distilled water or silver must be included during the process of distillation.  Over time, ingestion of high volumes of water can have a negative impact.

    Reverse osmosis water is the most desirable as the water is filtered through a membrane which consists of variable sizes of holes.  Depending on how pure you want the water, the membrane can filter molecules that larger in size, like chlorine, fluoride, to smaller in size, like bacteria and viruses.  This water is so pure that hospitals use it in OR theatres for washing.  RO water retains the composition of the whole water molecule without changing it, that is why it is the purest form of water you can buy or have on tap.  On tap would require a reverse osmosis unit.

    I have a RO unit and a UV filter (habit from drawing on the country well).  I consume between 4-6 litres of water a day and have no adverse affects and is a regime that I have in place for the past 17 years.  smile

    Eating and drinking the proper foods and liquids cannot do harm to your body if you have a rounded diet and a healthy lifestyle.

  17. Beth100 profile image70
    Beth100posted 12 years ago

    BTW, water toxicity will occur if one drinks a large volume of water in a short amount of time.  It will not matter the type of water, just the fact that one is drinking a volume that is abnormally high in a few minutes. 

    People can die from water intoxication.  If you look at the precedents for this, the majority of casualties are ones who are in water drinking contests.  Again, HUGE volumes, short period of time, and continuation of drinking after an initial drinking binge.  Also, there is not release of the water  via sweat or urine.

    Drinking 20 oz or 0.5 L in the morning is not enough to cause one to become ill from water intoxication.

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Water cleaned by osmosis is not, by a long shot, the purest water available.
      Go to Walmart and buy "distilled" water for about $.89 a gallon.
      The "purest" water available to man or beast.   :-)

      1. Beth100 profile image70
        Beth100posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I have  never seen distilled water at Walmart and no water at that price.  I have seen the large jugs but they are RO water jugs.  RO water is pure water.

        1. qwark profile image60
          qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          I've never been to a Walmart that doesn't carry "distilled" water for $.89 or less a gallon.
          Distilled water is PURE H2O! There is no water purer.

  18. Jaggedfrost profile image61
    Jaggedfrostposted 12 years ago

    too bad you all haven't had access to watter from an underwater aquifer via a private well as it would seem.  Beats anything I have ever found to drink.

    1. Beth100 profile image70
      Beth100posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      had the same when I lived in the mountains -- further up the chain from all the man made things.  Cold, refreshing!

  19. Jaggedfrost profile image61
    Jaggedfrostposted 12 years ago

    hehe made of pure energy and basic existence.  Give him half a minute and he will tell you that for 89 cents he can buy a gallon of his fellows who have become interminable liquid.

  20. qwark profile image60
    qwarkposted 12 years ago

    Jagged frost has just made my list of those who have nothing cridible to offer and therefore, from this point hence will be ignored.
    There, done.......:-)

  21. Research Analyst profile image76
    Research Analystposted 12 years ago

    I read something that said if one eats plenty of water based plant foods they don't need as much water to drink each day.

    1. Tea M profile image60
      Tea Mposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      It's true that when counting your daily water intake, you should also consider water which you consume from food; namely from vegetables and fruits.

      Tea, coffee and juice etc  also increase your daily intake.

  22. profile image0
    timonwellerposted 12 years ago

    In response to those talking about drinking too much water..

    One thing to ponder are those that can drink a whole carton or a 6 pack of beer within a few hours or over a night time? Add that up, that's a lot of water.. What's everyone think on that one, is that too much water? smile

  23. fooduciary profile image61
    fooduciaryposted 12 years ago

    In regards to having the water seem to go right through you: not long ago I found myself drinking lots of water (because I agree it does so much good for your body), but it would seem to go right through me, too. 

    I had a fluid distribution analysis done and found that my intercellular fluids were low while my extracellular fluids were really high.  Long story short, I wasn't really absorbing much of the water and electrolytes took care of that right away. 

    I'm a bit of a whole foodist, so I go with coconut water for electrolytes.  I also found a powder you add to your water I would recommend if you can't do coconut water.  The brand is "Ultima" (called Ultima Replenesher). 

    I really hope you're able to get optimal water intake and have it make a great difference to your health.

  24. mecheil profile image61
    mecheilposted 12 years ago

    Water is good for the body in many ways, but too much of it can give uneasy feeling. It happens to me when I drink 3 to four glasses at once, even after a real dehydrating activity. I think the reason for it is that the stomach itself cannot hold 20 ounces of water all at the same time, especially if it's not used to being excessively full. But as to clinical explanations of too much water's effects to the body, that I don't know.

    Anyways, you can lessen the amount of water intake to 2 glasses, and just bring with you a bottle of water, so you can have it whenever you want to. But keep the amount of water you drink a little low. Let your body excrete the excess water first before taking in another 1 or 2 glasses. When you're sweating a lot, you may need to increase your water intake.

  25. Right On Time profile image60
    Right On Timeposted 12 years ago

    passes the toxic substances through your body more I think...cleansing

  26. guy1973 profile image57
    guy1973posted 12 years ago

    water is good for the body, our body is made of 90% of water. water is a transportation medium, and for detoxification.


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