Every living cell within the body requires water, just as it does nutrients and oxygen. Water helps to regulate bodily functions and is necessary for the removal of wastes, especially from cells via the lymphatic systems.
Other fluids such as coffee, tea, milk, fruit juices and various other liquids including carbonated beverages, do not replace water in the diet.
As a result of not drinking enough water, many people have problems such as poor muscle tone and size, decreased digestive efficiency and organ function, joint and muscle soreness particularly after exercise and water retention. If we don’t get enough water what happens is the body starts retaining water to compensate for this shortage which is an internal mechanism that kicks in when your body thinks that you are trying to dehydrate it. So to reduce this cycle drink more water.
How much liquid you consume during mealtime can have a huge influence on your digestion. It is best not to drink when eating because excessive fluids may dilute your digestive enzymes. Certain liquid such as milk and soda pop can interfere with digestion in the stomach by neutralizing the acid levels which is needed for digesting protein.
For years I drank to help chew my food, when in essence what was needed was for me to slow down and thoroughly chew my food and to stop rushing while I ate. Many people still have this habit of washing down un-chewed food with liquid.
The difference between pure water and beverages that contain water
beer contains alcohol
coffee contains adrenal-stressing caffeine
fruit juices contains added and natural sugars which stimulates the pancreas
soda contains phosphorus that pulls calcium out of the bones
Another problem is that with these beverages you loose your taste for water.
Water should be drunk 30 minutes before your meal and 1 hour after to assist in assimilating of digested food. See this woman’s challenge of drinking 3 liters a day on Daily Mail.
The recommended daily water intake means just that, DRINK WATER!
….Stay Beautiful and Healthy,
source: Your body many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidg, M.D., Allergies and Holistic Healing by S. Weintraub N.D.,