Chapter 15 – Nutrition: A Trilogy of Nourishment
The three prominent sources of nutrition the human body needs for maintainence and survival are: air, water, and food in that order. This forms an important trilogy of nourishment. All three work in unison 24/7 in the process of perpetually renovating a decaying body. If any one of the three pieces go missing it is virtually impossible for the body to thrive.
Chapter 1 touches on the trilogy of air, food, and water, with an emphasis on air, which is the most important of the three. Here in this chapter, let’s take a closer view of water, to home in on the "why" of its importance, and the healing nature of food.
Factually speaking, the majority of people on the planet DO NOT get enough fluids, i.e., plain, pure H2O that allows the human body to operate at its peak. Nearly everyone is functioning at deficient levels. And, because of this the immune system is easily breached, allowing invading, harmful microorganisms to easily overpower the weak system and rapidly multiply practically unchallenged, bringing with it sundry symptoms of illness, especially a cold or the Flu.
Drinking enough fluids helps to maintain your body, which is primarily made up of water. On average, males are about 60% water and females are about 55% water.
Fluids—about 2 to 3 quarts of water every day—drain from the body 24/7: tears, vapor from the nose and mouth, urination, and sweat from the largest organ on your body–the skin, which covers you from head to toe in an unbroken, pliable form. The norm is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Athletes, people who live or work in hot environments, and people who perspire heavily lose more water and need to drink even more to keep up with the loss.
Yet many people are walking around in a mostly dehydrated state simply because, rather than to drink throughout the day, many believe that if they are not thirsty then they don’t need to refuel. However, thirst is a poor indicator of fluid needs, especially as you age. Thirst is actually the body’s warning signal that it has already began shutting down certain parts of the body which is why you may have itchy skin, dry eyes, a dry itchy scalp, brittle nails, falling hair, dry, cracked lips, a dry mouth, bad breath and a lack of energy, which may lead to low mental functioning and increase stress on the body.
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