Depending on who you ask, the human body and the earth are comprised of roughly 70-80% water. Water is essential for keeping delicate mouth, eyes and nose tissue moist. It helps lubricate joints, regulate body temperature and transport nutrients; while flushing out toxins and waste.
Life starts with a body composition of about 80% water. By the time we’re 50, our H2O content is estimated to be closer to 50%; which is why older skin appears less plump. It’s clear we need to consume enough water each day. But just how much do we really need and what’s the best way to integrate it into our bodies?
The foods we eat contain water. Surprise! Drinking water is not the only way to hydrate. Beyond the urban legend of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, the truth is that drinking water doesn’t necessarily directly correlate to hydration. You can drink half a gallon of water each day, but how much of it are you actually assimilating into your cells? Water does no good if you just wind up flushing most of it down the toilet.
This is the real difference between drinking and eating your water. The H2O found in food, specifically fruits and veggies, is surrounded by other molecules that enhance cell absorption, retainment and utility. Furthermore, drinking large quantities of water in an effort to hydrate may deplete the body of vital vitamins and minerals. So, drink water when you’re thirsty… And also eat water-rich foods.
Water molecules trapped in food structure is absorbed much more slowly. This structural water remains in our bodies far longer. Studies have found that fruits and veggies can hydrate the body twice as effectively as a glass of water. That’s smart hydration.
Now that you know you should be eating your water instead of drinking it, have fun raiding your local farmer’s market. I invite you to shift your perspective on hydration. Not only is eating fruits and veggies better for your body, it’s also best for the earth. Let’s commit to eradicating plastic water bottles within our lifetime.
Om Namah Shivaya