The human body is about is 70% water. Our muscles are about 75% water. Even our bones, which seem completely solid, are 25% water. If we were to go without food we would die, but if we were to go without water we would die a lot sooner. Depending on your size and amount of fat in your body, you can live up to 5-7 weeks without food, but you can only live 5 days without water. Water is vital for survival but it is also vital for our health. Our bodies use water to deliver oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body and to remove waste and toxins from each cell. Water is a crucial component of our nervous system and an adequate supply is needed for our nervous system to send its signals.

When dehydrated, even when mildly dehydrated, our joints are robbed of fluids. Whenever your back hurts, try drinking several glasses of water. The pain usually subsides. This makes sense because the fluid inside the body’s spinal discs supports 75% of the body’s weight.

If you suffer from asthma or allergies water may improve your symptoms more than the latest round of inhalers or pills from pharmaceutical companies. Water is good for vascular health as well. Blood is more than 80% water. Adequate water intake can help to lower blood pressure, and it can play a part in preventing strokes and heart attacks. When we are dehydrated, our blood is thicker and more prone to clotting.

Here are some signs that you are not getting enough water (dehydration):

  • Back pain
  • Cramps
  • Constipation
  • Yellow urine
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Dry sticky mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Headache Heartburn
  • Irritability
  • Indigestion

Common medical advice is to drink lots of water when we are sick, but if we drink adequate amounts of water all the time, we are less likely to get sick in the first place. If you’re not consuming enough water, you’re increasing the strain on your body, and accelerating the aging process. There is no other substance that is as important to your health and wellness as water. Water is an important part of your life, and it is vital that you drink enough so you can have a healthy long life. If that doesn’t help, you should seek the help of a professional.