Amazing Facts About Dehydration

A human can live without food for approximately one month. 
Without water, the timeframe is considerably less - only three to seven days.

Granted, the majority of us will never be faced with the peril of having absolutely no water to drink.  On the contrary, our dehydration is mostly self-imposed:  75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

Drinking water helps nearly every part of the human body function.

Fact #1

Not sure if you're dehydrated? Well, it only takes a 1-2% loss of water content to become really parched.

Fact #2

Love your cup of coffee? So do we! But, that cup of coffee could be costing you in water content. Tea, coffee and other beverages have a diuretic effect, meaning they take water out with them when they leave. That means that for every 1 cup of coffee you drink, you should be additionally drinking a cup of water, just to be sure.

Fact #3

Your sense of thirst isn't as strong when you're older. That means that you may not feel the need to drink water when you really need it, so it's even more important to drink on a regular schedule just to make sure.

Fact #4

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism inherent in our bodies is frequently believed to be hunger

Your body may tell you you're hungry when you're actually thirsty. This is another way drinking water can help you lose weight. Sometimes the trigger for thirst can seem very similar to the trigger for hunger. This means you may think you need to eat when really all you need is a cup of water. A good trick for this is to drink a big glass of water before eating. If you aren't hungry anymore, then it was probably just thirst. If you are, then the water will aid in digestion and help prevent you from over eating.

Fact #5

Considering that our flesh vessels are almost 50-80% water, depending on how much body fat you have, understanding its important role in our lives can be a fountain of health.  Water makes up more than 75% of your brain, 80% of your blood and 70% of lean muscle. Absolutely every system in the human body depends on water. H2O regulates body temperature, removes wastes, carries much-needed oxygen and nutrients to your cells, helps cushion your joints, prevents chronic constipation, alleviates the burden on your already-stressed kidneys and liver, helps reduce headaches and dizziness, aids in digestion and dissolves vitamins, minerals and other nutrients so you can utilize them better.

Other Fun Facts

And in today's diet-conscious society, drinking water is a huge boost for those trying to shed a few pounds.

  • Mild dehydration can slow down the body's metabolism by 3%

  • A recent University of Washington study indicates that one glass of water virtually halts midnight hunger pangs for nearly 100% of the dieters scrutinized

  • Lack of sufficient hydration is the No. 1 driving force behind daytime fatigue

The exact amount of water you need depends on a number of things:  food consumed, your sex, activity level, the weather/humidity, your age and any medications (prescription, herbal and over-the-counter).  According to Mark Glen, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.), most adults need eight to 10 cups (64-80 ounces) of fluids each day.  Although you can achieve the proper fluid intake from alternative sources such as milk, juice and soup, Glen advises you to make water account for at least half of your daily intake.

Why waste good hydration on bad water?

Only drink water that is totally free of anything except pure H2O.  Here are some more health-related benefits of pure drinking water.

  • Safety: Purified drinking water contains no harmful chemicals that can pose a threat to human health.

  • No contaminants: Our POU systems eliminate all naturally occurring contaminants like bacteria, viruses and parasites.  Also, all pathogens are removed such as giardia, e-coli, etc.

  • Strong government regulation: Purified and bottled water is regulated by the FDA as a food product and must meet all applicable food packaging regulations.  Tap water is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is regarded as a utility.

  • Great taste: With all the impurities and contaminants removed, there is nothing left but the clean, refreshing taste of pure water.

If you live or work in Denver, Colorado Springs, the Colorado Front Range or central Colorado mountains, you can start enjoying pure, delicious, healthier bottled or bottleless water cooler drinking water today, while saving money over the expensive national brands.

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