Water is a very important nutrient for the body. Water, on average, composes 83% of blood, 79.2% of heart tissue, 75..6% of muscle tissue, 74.8% of brain tissue, 72% of skin tissue and 22% of bone (Duke University Department of Chemistry). Water is necessary for transporting nutrients, ridding our body of wastes, conducting nerve impulses and a host of other bodily functions.
According to Robert Greenberg, a biochemist with a doctorate from George Mason University, even a small drop in the body's water content can lead to a large drop in energy. "The body's energy production takes place in a fluid environment. The blood, muscles and organs all need proper water balance to work effectively." A loss of 4-5% of water can transfer into a 20-30% drop in physical performance.
Water is the fundamental solvent for all biochemical processes in our bodies: it is necessary to dissolve proteins, carbonates and hemoglobin, lubricate our joints, absorb shock, digest our food, maintain a healthy pH level, conduct nerve impulses to the brain. When water levels in the body drop, the heart must work harder to increase blood flow to supply the necessary amount of oxygen and nutrients for the body to function and the removal of toxins from the body is hampered as urine production is slowed.
Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, fatigue, headache, dry mouth, decreased urination, muscle weakness and dizziness.
YIN/YANG WATER : Helps balance energy in body and the digestive system
Mix 1/2 spring water and 1/2 boiled water
Add 1-2 tsps of honey
Drink when warm