Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Water – Thoughts on Human Consumption

Water – Thoughts on Human Consumption

We all know that we cannot live without water. Our bodies are about 60% water and our blood 90%. The complex bodily process that God created in us requires water. Just like air, we can’t live without it. Water is part of the nutrients our body needs. For what?

1)      For perspiration. Your body cools itself by giving of liquid – you sweat and your sweat cools you.
2)      For respiration. In the process of breathing, water is needed, about 2 cups a day.
3)      For digestion.  Your body produces saliva and other liquids that are essential in digesting food. Your saliva softens and dissolves food. Liquid is needed to transport and absorb the nutrients you obtain from food and carry off the toxins in your body.
4)      For elimination. When you food is passed through the digestive system, it is watery. The final stool, however has had its water removed by the large intestine. This is a fine and complicated process God created in our bodies that involves water.

Our body uses water for hydration and for washing. The amazing cells, tissues, and organs like our kidneys and livers, all work in harmony and in perfect continuum.

We know that we need two liters a day, but how shall we consume it?

Water and air go two separate ways in our bodies; water through the esophagus, and air through the trachea. Water goes to the stomach, and air to the lungs.

Water and food share the same entry way and together they go down to the stomach. Water and food have two different functions, and are treated separately in the body.

We never stop breathing, but we do take water and food at intervals. The food consumption is broken down into three – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We can control our diet, its nutrition and variety. We can give our body what it needs.

However, for water, we also have certain needs – two liters a day. Just as eating on-demand and on impulse causes malnutrition, obesity and over-eating, drinking water only whenever you are thirsty will wreck havoc on your body. Having consistent meals is a good practice in consistency and orderliness. Drinking water should also be done methodically.

So here are some Rules on Good Water-Consumption
1)      Drink pure water.
2)      Drink at least 2 liters a day.
3)      Don’t drink before you sleep.
4)      Don’t drink just before meals.
5)      Drink “water meals”
Why?
1)      Drink pure water.
Our body needs pure water to flush through our systems. Drinks like coke, cocoa, coffee, or tea should not count as part of our water intake. We should drink 2 liters of pure water every day, and whatever other liquids we consume, like through fruits and vegetables, should be on top of that, and counted separately.

We should drink water as pure as possible. However water is easily contaminated, and when it comes through the piping system it probably contains things like lead and chlorine. Water sources are key to survival, and you have to develop your own ways to purify water, such as finely filtering through a good filter system  (like Big Berkey), and also boiling it.

2)      Drink at least 2 liters a day.
There is no fixed limit on the amount of water you drink, and shouldn't be. You should drink more water when you work and sweat more. Don't make infants or young children drink too much, as much as an adult, or they can get water intoxication.   What I would recommend is using a refillable water bottle of good quality. I use a plastic bottle, but of course ceramic bottles are better. Plastic mineral water bottles are out of the question, as they are harmful for you and the environment. How should we use our water bottles?

a.       1 liter bottles are the best, as they are the easier to carry around than 2 liter bottles, require less filling than 500ml bottles, and are easier to calculate than 750ml bottles.
b.      Wash your bottles regularly. If not every day, then at least once every two days. I wash them on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As there are 7 days a week, choose 4 to wash your bottles on. I use a baby bottle brush to make bottle washing easier.
c.       Fill you bottles regularly and keep track of your drinking. I would fill them the night before, drink 1 liter first thing the next morning, fill at lunchtime, and drink another liter. Sometimes 2 liters is not enough, as I get thirsty, and fill another liter at about tea time, to be finished by nightfall.

3)      Don’t drink before you sleep.
This one is rather obvious. You don’t want to pay frequent trips to the lavatory and interrupt your sleep, or worse, wet your bed. Don’t drink too much water at night. Your throat may get dry, if you sleep with your mouth as I do, but a little sip will suffice. That is why I keep my bottle with me at night. You also want to give your urinary tract system a break at night, so that your body is refreshed for the next day.

4)      Don’t drink too much just before meals.
Weight loss tips sometimes include, “Drink a cup of water just before a meal.” The logic is that your stomach will be full, you will eat less, and therefore lose weight. Makes sense, right?
No. You will eat less, but whatever you eat will be poorly digested. Good digestion is key to good nutrition. You will be hindering your digestive process by filling your stomach with water. Your body digests food with acids. When you consume water with a stomach of food, your body stops producing those acids and the acids that are in your stomach are diluted. Water, of course, does not digest food at all. You want your stomach acids to properly break down the foods and enable your body to digest the nutrients. Drinking water before, during, and after meals will lead to poor digestion. Stop drinking water at least an hour before meals. When I say “drinking water”, I mean like 250ml or a cup. Of course you should sip a little at the end of the meal to clean your mouth and remove bad breath, but that is it. Of course then, you should not have excessively thin, soup at meals as they will bloat you and hinder digestion. Some soup is okay of course, but don’t let that count towards your water intake.
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5)      Drink in-between meals.

You should schedule “water meals”. Drink a large amount and let your body flush the system through. Space you meals and drinking times. An example food/water schedule will look at such.
7:00am – Wake up, Drink a large amount of water. Read your Bible
8:00am Have breakfast. Do you chores/work/schooling.
9:00am Drink another large amount.
10:00am If you require a mid-morning snack, have it.
11:00am Drink Water.
12:00pm Lunch.
1:00pm water.
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Tea
5:00 water
6:pm dinner
7:00pm water
8 onwards, less water.

And the Key is: Discipline.
1)      Having strict water/food times will bring discipline into your soul. Children should also learn to eat at specific times and drink at specific times. Bring order into your life. Susanna Wesley trained her children to be methodical and orderly from the day they were born. Children tend not to like drinking water in large amounts, and therefore should learn. Have a chart for yourself and increase your ability to drink water.
2)      Discipline means cutting down and removing unwholesome sugar-water and sodas from your diet. They are not good for you; rather they are evil and will destroy you. Whatever you sow, that you will reap. Don’t sweeten your water. Drink it. Jesus is the “living water”, and this living water must not be poisoned or made palatable to the world by “sweetening” it, destroying its true value and nourishment. Just as our Gospel must be purely from the stream of life and the oasis of Christ, so should our water be not tainted by ungodly, worldly, and carnal poisons. Artificial sweeteners are cursed, man-made poisons.

Extra Research Potentials:
This article deals with pure water consumption alone. Further study can include:
1)      Water in the Bible. What does the Bible say about water? What can we learn about pure and defiled water? So many stories in the Bible happened around wells. Jesus turned water into wine!  Jesus is the living water. (Bible Studies, Theology)
2)      Water in the Body. Write 500-700 word report on the function of water in your body. Research in thoroughly. Perhaps you can view a video, make a chart, or read books on the subject. (Human Biology)
3)      Water Purification. Learn and Research the methods and effectiveness of different water purifying systems, like filtering or reverse osmosis. (Chemistry, Nutrition)
4)      Further Research Human Water Consumption. How do people around the World drink water? (Anthropology, Sociology, Nutrition)
5)       Animals and Water. Not all animals drink water. God created them with different ways of obtaining liquids, and different bodily needs. Some animals do not drink water at all. You could research them. How do different animal families relate to water?(Biology, Taxonomy)
6)      Plants and Water. How do plants use water? (Biology)


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