Can Water Help Me Live Longer?

How long do you expect yourself to live on the earth?

It's hard to imagine, but the truth is that human beings are living longer in the 21st century. In this modern age, life expectancy has increased by just over 30 years. There are lots of secondary reasons just why this is, but according to Dr. Jeffrey Griffiths of Tuft University School of Medicine, much of the credit for longer life spans can be attributed to clean water. Just what health effects are caused by clean drinking water?

Have a quick look at the list below to see:

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Reduces daytime fatigue – Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. Even a small drop in your body’s water levels can hurt you. Many people do not realize that the fatigue and lethargy they may be experiencing could be from mild dehydration.

Memory – The human brain is our most vital organ and is 95% water. Mild dehydration can reduce your mental energy and capacity, causing the memory to become impaired.

Nourishes skin – Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.

Essential for digestion – The digestive system depends on a sufficient amount of water to help break down food.

Nutrient absorption and chemical reactions – Water helps carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and overall it is important in keeping everything moving in our body.

Helps remove toxins from your body - Water is a natural lubricant that softens stool and promotes evacuation of the bowels. Without water, the contents of your colon can dry out and get stuck, eventually causing constipation.

Aids circulation - Drinking water can help the flow of water in the body and help keep the blood circulation going.

Regulates your body's cooling system – Water can help regulate body temperature and store extra heat in the body.

Reduce colon cancer and bladder cancer – Research shows that drinking adequate amounts of water can reduce your risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%.

Helps lubricate joints – The lining of cartilage between the joints use water as a cushion between the bones so that the joints can move easily.

So the answer is yes, drinking clean water can help you live longer. On a very basic level, your body cannot store up to its own supply of water. It needs a fresh intake of valuable water to hydrate cells and removes toxins through your liver and later kidneys. Without this vital replenishing of water, your body dehydrates, slows down and your blood literally 'thickens' as your body releases histamines in an effort to store water up in cells. This has a negative health effect as you are likely to experience headaches and lethargy among other generally negative health effects. Seeing how much the body really needs water it is imperative we all get our daily worth! If you are not sure how much water you should drink refer to this: One cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. For example, a 190-pound person who does not exercise or work in hot climates should drink 9.5 cups. If you exercise and work in hot conditions you should drink extra to account for the water that is lost in these conditions.

Water consumption is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. However, the quality of the water you are consuming is just as important. Pure water is the best water to drink to avoid any contaminants from entering your body. Drinking water with contaminants will reverse the benefits that pure water gives you by adding more toxins in your body. Filtration systems that use Reverse Osmosis technology are guaranteed to remove 90-99% of contaminants in the water. This is as good as, if not better, than bottled water! Giving your body pure water will allow it to absorb as much pure water as your body needs.

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