The good and the bad of water in wellness.


The good and the bad of water in wellness.

This week we have focused on water. Yesterday we discussed the various sources of water to find which is the most ideal for drinking, cooking, washing and hygiene and for plants. We mentioned we have organic water which could be from rain or from wells in a pristine forest.

It is important to note that a forest is different from a plantation of trees. A forest is made up of complete vegetation that include trees and shrubs that make layers of ground cover. These filter the water from rain. Wells up the mountain where there is little or no human activity have pure water unless the rocks in that area contain minerals that are not good for human health. This water remain pure as it flows downstream until it get contaminated in areas with human activity. This is why water from most rivers require treatment to pass for human consumption.

We also have plants like coconut that make pure alkaline water that is good for direct human consumption. Sugarcane also have good juice but it contain a lot if sugar. It is advisable to take sparingly or dilute the juice with plain water. The sayig that water is life is a holistically true. Without water, there cannot be life for both animals and plants . It is crucial to ensure we choose good quality water especially for drinking. Taking hard water may lead to electrolyte imbalance due to rapid loss of sodium and essential body fluids. It is therefore important for us to consume clean water that is free from contamination.

This is why;

Water supports life. Most biological metabolism activities cannot occur if there is no sufficient water in the body. The body use water to freshen up contionusly to maitain healthy cells and organs. This can only be possible if we avail constant supply of the right quality of water or fluids.

Water is the second nutrient our body live on. It is only second to oxygen. our body use water present in various forms of liquids, plain water and in foods. All these contribute to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” says Joan Koelemay, RD, dietitian for the Beverage Institute. “Fluid losses occur continuously from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool. These losses must be replaced daily for good health,” he adds. Water is involved in almost all the functions in the body. See it in the diagram below;

When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. This means you deny these vital organs the ability to do the functions enumerated above. This is where our health status start failing. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates because of evaporation, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older people. We should ensure we maintain water balance in our body at all times for optimal health. A body that does not have adequate water cannot generate enough energy to power both internal and physical activities.

Tomorrow we will unpack more about the critical role played by water in wellness. Keep it here.

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With Profound Respect,
Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited Certified Professional Coach,
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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