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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Dr KimBy Dr. Hoon C. Kim

Water: A chemical substance with the chemical formula H2O. Its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds. Water is a liquid at ambient conditions, but it often co-exists on Earth with its solid state, ice, and gaseous state, water vapor or steam. – wikipedia

Yes, this is WATER. It seems to have a very simple structure, maybe too simple, but water is essential in our survival and covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface.

Approximately 66% of the human body consists of water. Our cells are sacs of water. Without water our body doesn’t function properly and will eventually lead to death.

How much water should we consume to feel good and fit? The answer is 1-7 Liters per day, which includes water intake through foods or beverages. Of course, the exact amount depends on your level of activity, surrounding temperatures, humidity, gender and other factors. Even with all of these contributing factors, it is still unclear on how much water intake the average person should consume each day.

What does water do inside our body? Water helps transport nutrients from protein, carbohydrates and fats to bodily tissues via the bloodstream, helps get rid of waste, regulates temperature and prevents disease.

Some symptoms you might experience from a shortage of water in your body include; Mild dehydration, which can lead to irritability, lack of focus and fatigue. Severe dehydration can result in headaches, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke during exercise in warm weather. Chronic dehydration can lead to constipation and kidney stones.

To increase your water consumption to healthy levels, replace other beverages you drink with water. Carry a water bottle on your person at all times; in the car, at your desk, in your bag or purse.

Consuming foods with a high concentration of water can also help.

  • Apple – 84% water
  • Orange – 87%
  • Avocado – 81%
  • Tomato – 97%
  • Broccoli – 91%
  • Cabbage – 93%
  • Lettuce – 96%.

It’s also important to limit yourself to caffeinated beverages (soda, tea, coffee), alcoholic beverages, food high in protein and sugar. These can all contribute to dehydration.

I also recommend regular massage to assist you in living a balanced, healthy lifestyle. To learn more about the benefits of massage and the products to help you achieve a regular routine, visit www.humantouch.com.