During an average day, you should be drinking 8 glasses of water, and yes I mean water. Although you may ingest up to 2 glasses of water through eating fruits and vegetables, even that’s not a given in today modern fast food driven diet.
Why does your body need water?
Water makes up more than half of your body weight and a person cannot survive more than a few days without it. Why? Water is the transport medium for essential body functions.
For instance, your blood contains a lot of water which moves the blood cells around your body. Water forms part of your Immune System which helps to fight off illness and disease. You need water to help digest food and to move the waste through your body and water helps remove any toxins that may have been introduced via your diet. Lastly water is used to create perspiration or sweat which is the way your body cools down to maintain a healthy temperature.
Without water, you body just doesn’t function the way nature intended it to and dehydration may lead to poor concentration and brain function.
How does your body get water?
Obviously drinking water is easiest way to give your body the water it needs but it also extracts it from other sources.
For instance, milk contains water and lots of fruit and vegetables contain water. Here are some typical water percentages for common fruit and vegetables.
- Watermelon and Strawberries – 92% water
- Cucumber – 96% water
- Zucchini and Celery – 95% water
- Tomato – 94% water
- Apples and Pears – 84% water
Even the humble Potato has 79 % water
It’s interesting to note, your body can only absorb small amounts of water at time so drinking full glasses of water quickly doesn’t help your water absorption but rather helps toxins to be flushed via urine. The other side affect is other beneficial vitamins and minerals might also be flushed so you need to ensure these are constantly being replaced.
Sipping detox water during the day aims to help with water absorption rates and vitamin and mineral replenishments.
How does your body loose water?
The obvious two are urination and sweat but as previously mentioned your blood needs plenty of water for your blood and immune system. Other less obvious water losses are through our skin, respiration and faeces.
You body is constantly losing water so this is why it’s important to keep replenishing the supply of water and hence the equivalent 8 glasses a day rule of thumb, however, this heavily depends on the amount of exercise you are doing, body temperature and even if you are working in a stressful environment.
When you body loses too much water you can become dehydrated and feel thirsty, hungry or suffer from a low-grade headache or fatigue. More serve dehydration can be accompanied by chills, nausea, increased heart rate and lightheadedness.
So what are the benefits of Detox Water
The simplest benefit of detox water is you are actually drinking more water because it tastes so good. And when you drink at least the recommended daily amount your body can perform it’s normal functions. But that’s not all detox water is doing.
The micronutrients in detox water are constantly feeding your body with natural vitamins and minerals, which your body can’t store for long periods of time. These nutrients can help in a number of ways and here are some of goodness in the fruits and vegetables you are likely to add to your detox water.
Lemon – Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Potassium –
Cranberries – Vitamin C, Antioxidants, protection from urinary tract infection and inflammatory diseases
Watermelon – Vitamins A, B6 and C. Lycopene and antioxidants
Cucumber – Vitamin K and trace minerals
Oranges – Vitamin C and B1. Folate
Blueberries – Antioxidants, Vitamin K and Manganese
Ginger – Antioxidants, Gingerols, Beta-carotene, capsaicin amongst others
Apples – Vitamins A and C
Mint – Aids digestion, relaxant, soothes nausea
Each of these vitamins and minerals have they own benefits, but more importantly you can see they are rich in goodness.