A baby is 78% water. And by the time we’re adults it drops to 60% in men, and 55% in women; but we’re still over half made up of water. We are very watery. The cells in our bodies are full of water which helps dissolve and metabolize all the valuable nutrients, minerals, and chemicals that we need to be alive. Water’s “stickiness” (from surface tension) helps transport the carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food into the bloodstream, and of course it is water that transports waste material out of our bodies.
The Earth itself is a watery place; about 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, and it never sits still. Water constantly moves from one place to another and from one form to another; vapor, icecaps, rivers and lakes. You and I would not exist without the ample water supply we have on earth.
And we’ve been told to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but Australian researchers have found that eight glasses of pure water per day is an overestimation. “Even a baked potato is 75 per cent water,” says nutrition Prof. Susan Barr of the University of British Columbia, “There’s nothing magical about water from a glass of water as opposed to water from food or any other beverage.” In other words, the 8 glasses of water a day, don’t take into account all the water we get from fruit, veggies, coffee and tea. In fact, some say that the best way to determine if we are having enough water is to look at our pee; light is good, dark yellow is not good.
Today, glance at your pee and use the color as a way to gauge how much water you need—the lighter the better. Dark yellow and you need to drink more water. Also, be aware of your thirst—it is after all a natural body gauge. It seems the older we get the less we can rely on our thirst gauge, but used together; pee color and thirst are good determinates of what our bodies need.
My friend, one more thing today—let’s thank the powers that be for our water. Whether that be the local council, God, or the universal energy; we would not survive without our beautiful source of water and the energy that brings it to our lips. Yay water!!